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Intimate in Character 
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Independent in Thought 


The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

VOL. 71. NO. 1 



NCIP to Get Fair Trade Practice Bill Draft January 6 


Expect VHolding Corp.lTAbsorb PichSCompany 

Consolidation Under Con- 
sideration, Says McKay, 

Universal Pictures Corp. was dis- 
Dlved Thursday at Albany and all 
s assets taken over by Universal 
'ictures Co., Inc., control of which 
; vested in Universal Corporation. 

Consolidation of Universal Pic- 
lres Co. and Universal Corp., is 
nder consideration and will be 
Tected sooner or later, it was said 
: ursdar by Willard H. McKay, 
I niversal counsel. In the event of 
le merger of Universal Pictures 
o. Inc. into Universal Corp., a new 

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Samuel Becker, special counsel for 
lie Federal Comunications Commis- 
on on the motion picture phase of 
le American Telephone & Telegraph 
ompany's activities, will make a 
;port on the results of his investi- 
ation by Jan. 15, he informed The 
ilm Daily Thursday. Becker may 
ake some recommendations based 
< n the testimony. 

iov. Lehman to Attend 

ITOA Movie Ball Jan. 16 

Gov. Herbert H. Lehman has ac- 
ijpted the invitation tendered by 
" resident Harry Brandt of the ITOA 
-> attend the organization's annual 
[ovie Ball on Jan. 16 at the Wal- 

Eli Dantzig and his Orchestra and 

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Shirley's Portrait Crashes 

London — For the first time since Nell 
Gwynne's day, the portrait of an 
actress has crashed the exhibit of the 
Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Dis- 
tinction goes to Shirley Temple, who 
was painted by Sir John Lavery. Sir 
John saw to it that he's also in the 
picture which shows Shirley talking with 

Sees Talkies "Standardizing" Speech of Americans 

St. Louis — The talkies are "standardizing" the American speech midway between 
the broad "A" "hawff" and the nasal "haft,'' in the opinion of Prof. Ray K. Immel, 
of the USC, chairman of the committee of voice and diction of the National Associa- 
tion of Teachers of Speech. Prof. Immel told interviewers here that Hollywood is 
consciously striving to cultivate a "universal" English. 

10 Moves of Industry Importance 
Holdover for 1937 Development 

Ten moves of industry-wide im- 
portance, in progress during 1936, 
will be further developed or com- 
pleted during the early part of 1937, 
a checkup of the situation indicates. 
Outcome of these moves, in virtually 
all instances, will vitally affect vari- 
ous phases of the motion picture 

Following is the list of moves: 
Dallas anti-trust suit filed by the 
Government testing legality of dis- 
tributor contract provisions fixing 
admission prices of subsequent run 
houses and legality of bans on dual 

Decision of Philadelphia high court 
as to legality of anti-double feature 
bans in film contracts. 

Plans of National Council for In- 
dustrial Progress to sponsor legisla- 
tion establishing minimum wages, 
maximum working hours and fair 
trade practices. 

M. P. T. 0. A. campaign for trade 
practice concessions under its 10- 
point program. 

Reorganization of RKO. 

FCC investigation of A. T. & T. 

Reorganization of Roxy theater. 

Reorganization of Consolidated 
Film Industries. 

Browne Approves Agreement for Unions' Merger 

Agreement under which Local 306 
will absorb the Allied Operators Un- 
ion and the I.T.O.A. will employ only 
Local 306 members has been com- 
pleted and approved by George E. 

Browne, I.A.T.S.E. president, and 
now awaits only the signatures of 
the union officials, The Film Daily 
is advised. Signing is expected to 
take place shortly. 

Industry Expected to Work Out Own 
Salvation Under Proposed Measure 

Harry Puck Joining RKO 

To Stage Film Numbers 

Harry Puck, who has been pro- 
ducing stage show units for the 
Amalgamated Vaudeville Agency, 
headed by Edwin M. Fay, has gone 
to Hollywood to join RKO Radio, for 
which he will stage various num- 
bers. Puck is a former Broadway 
stage star. 

First draft of a bill to establish 
fair trade practices for all indus- 
tries, including the motion picture 
business, will be submitted to the 
correlating committee of the Na- 
tional Council for Industrial Prog- 
ress at Washington Jan. 6. The 
finally-approved measure will be in- 
troduced at the coming session of 
Congress and under its provisions, 
the film and other industries are 

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Columbia Trade Practice An- 
nouncement Expected 
Next Week 

Position of five national distribut- 
ing companies as to the M. P. T. O. 
A. 10-point trade practice program 
is expected to be made known dur- 
ing the next two weeks. Three or- 
ganizations, Universal, 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox and United Artists, have 
already replied to the Ed Kuykendall 
association. M-G-M's reply is under- 
stood to oe on the way to Jvuyken- 

Columbia intends to announce its 
answer next week, it was stated by 
Abe Montague, general sales mana- 

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Announcement of the election of 
William Goetz as a vice president 
of 20th Century-Fox was made 
Thursday, following a meeting of 
the directorate. Goetz for some 
time has been executive assistant to 
Darryl F. Zanuck and Joseph M. 

GB-Alliance Distrib. Pact 

Calls for Five Pictures 

Budd Rogers, vice-president of 
Alliance Films Corp., said yesterday 
apropos of the notice to GB that 
no additional outside pictures could 

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Helped Make It Happy 

Sound tracks of outstanding films 
added their voices to record New Year's 
celebration in and about Manhattan's 
Great White Way. Features ushering in 
what promises to be banner year for 
metropolitan first-run picture palaces 
are: "That Girl From Paris," Radio City 
Music Hall; "One In A Million," Roxy; 
"Great Guy," Criterion; "We Who Are 
About To Die," Rialto; "Beloved Enemy," 
Rivoli; "After The Thin Man," Capi- 
tol; "College Holiday," Paramount; 
"Gold Diggers Of 1937," Strand, and 
"Lloyds Of London," Astor. 



Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937 

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Paul Benjamin 

Reversal of Bank Night 

Conviction Upheld in N. Y. 

Albany, N. Y.— The Court of Ap- 
peals, without an opinion, on Thurs- 
day, passed on the judgment of the 
Monroe County Court which re- 
versed the City Court conviction of 
Samuel Shafer on a charge of op- 
erating a lottery in conection with 
bank night. 

Hackensack, N. J. — Bergen 
County movie theater operators have 
been given a two-week grace period 
by Prosecutor Breslin of the county 
to wind up their bank night activi- 
ties. Breslin, after a conference 
with managers of about 12 houses in 
the country, announced he would not 
take steps to end the bank nights 
until Jan. 15. Conferees included 
police chiefs of the area, and John 
M. Keating, counsel for the New 
York firm conducting the bank 

Keating asked the prosecutor to 
delay action until a decision on the 
question is handed down by the N. 
Y. Court of Appeals. Breslin refused 
and said he would act to stop the 
bank night Jan. 15, unless an in- 
junction is secured against him, or 
unless Attorney General Wilentz 
rules they are legal. 

10 Best Family-Audience 
Films Picked by Magazine 

The 10 best family-audience mo- 
tion pictures of 1936 in the opinion 
of The Parents' Magazine are: "Dev- 
il Is a Sissy" (MGM), "Green Pas- 
tures" (Warner), "Little Lord 
Fauntleroy" (United Artists), "Mr. 
Deeds Goes to Town" (Columbia), 
"Modern Times" (United Artists), 
"Mutiny on the Bounty" (MGM), 
"Rose Marie" (MGM), "San Fran- 
cisco" (MGM), "Show Boat" ) Uni- 
versal) and "Story of Louis Pasteur" 

Andre Roosevelt Films 

Volcano of Chimborazo 

Beatrice, Neb. — District Judge 
Messmore, acting upon complaint of 
certain business men that a lottery 
was being conducted, issued a tem- 
porary restraining order forbidding 
J. D. Petty and Louis B. Sponsler 
of the Rivoli theater and George W. 
Spiegel of the Spiegel Automobile 
Co. from conducting car giveaway 
nights. Hearing on a permanent or- 
der will be held later. 

Arthur Bernstein Weds 

Widow of Jack Coogan 

Guayaquil, Ecuador — Andre 
Roosevelt, explorer and cinematog- 
rapher, has just completed first air- 
plane flight over 20,700-foot volcano 
of Chimborazo and succeeded in tak- 
ing extensive film footage of crater 
which is one of highest peaks of 
Andes. He used special camera fitted 
with F.ll lens and red filter. 

Motion picture made by Andre 
Roosevelt and Cyril von Baumann 
on previous South American expedi- 
tion is now being edited by latter in 
U. S. for 1937 release under title, 
"White Gods." 

Coming and Going 

WILL H. HAYS leaves New York Monday for 
Hollywood, where he will remain about six 

JULES LEVY, general sales manager for RKO 
Radio, arrived in New York Wednesday from 
Chicago, where he spent a week in conference 
with Walter Branson, mid-west district man- 
ager, and Jack Osserman, Chicago branch man- 

HAL HORNE left New York for Hollywood 
last night by plane. He will return on Tuesday. 

FRANK PHELPS, Warner Bros, theater exe- 
cutive, leaves for the Coast today. 

FRANCINE LARRIMORE leaves this after- 
noon for Hollywood by train, being recalled by 
B. P. Schulberg for additional scenes in "John 
Meade's Woman." 

MRS. GEORGE O'BRIEN and Gladys George, 
both of Beverly Hills are stopping at the War- 
wick Hotel. 

FRANK C. WALKER leaves New York for 
Hollywood tomorrow. 

HARRY PUCK has gone to the Coast from 
New York. 

JIMMIE SAVO sails from New York tomorrow 
for London. 

JOHN GREGG PAINE goes to Washington 
Tuesday from New York. 

HARRIET HILLIARD whose rise to stardom 
in RKO Radio Pictures was interrupted by the 
arrival of David Ozzie Nelson, Jr., is expected 
to leave shortly for Hollywood and the studios. 

Belgian Educators Coming 

To Give Film Lectures 

Las Vegas, Nev. — Arthur L. Bern- 
stein, business manager for Jackie 
Coogan, and the latter's mother, Mrs. 
Lillian R. Coogan, were married 
here. First husband of Mrs. Bern- 
stein, Jack Coogan, was killed in 
May, 1935, in a motor accident. 

Peggy Joyce Gaining 

St. Moritz, Switzerland — Peggy 
Hopkins Joyce, injured in a sleighing 
accident that cost the life of Vivian 
Jackson, English scientist who was 
to have become her fifth husband, 
was reported in a "satisfactory" con- 
dition yesterday at the hospital to 
which she was removed for treat- 

Memorial for "Roxy" 

The unveiling of a memorial 
stone for the late S. L. "Roxy" 
Rothafel will take place next Sun- 
day, at 2 P. M. at the cemetery of 
the Central Synagogue, 52-22 Metro- 
politan Ave., Ridgewood, L. I. In 
case of inclement weather it will be 
postponed to the following Sunday. 

Five representatives of Belgium's 
Ministry of Education, comprising 
the Association of Voyage Scolaires 
Belgo-Luxembourgeois, leave Brus- 
sels today for the United States to 
confer with leading authorities here 
on visual education and arrange for 
interchange of facilities. Commis- 
sion expects to spend several weeks 
in Washington and other cities in 
various sections of the country giv- 
ing series of film lectures at uni- 
versities. M. Taets is in charge of 
the visiting group. 

Mirrophonic Price Advance 
Announced for February 1 

C. W. Bunn, general sales man- 
ager of Electrical Research Prod- 
ucts, Inc., announced today that in 
order to meet rising costs a general 
price increase of 10 per cent, effec- 
tive Feb. 1, will be applied to all 
contracts for Mirrophonic sound 

Nebraska-Western Iowa 

MPTOA Polled on Meet 

Omaha. — A meeting of M. P. T. 
O. A. for Nebraska and western 
Iowa may be called for Omaha by 
President Charles E. Williams, if at 
least 50 per cent of the exhibitors 
to whom he mailed letters will at- 
tend . 

Nebraska's one-house legislature, 
an unknown quantity in politics and 
an experiment in government which 
some exhibitors view with alarm and 
fear that a tax bill could be pushed 
through in record time by its 43 
members, convenes Jan. 5. 

Arnold Streck Dead 

Wausau, Wis., — Arnold Streck, 30, 
projectionist at the Grand theater 
here, died in a local hospital. He is 
survived by his wife, a child and 
his parents. 

"Cloistered" Going Strong 

Pittsburgh — The Art Cinema 
Theater established a new attend- 
ance and box-office record this week 
with "Cloistered," released by the 
Best Film Company, it was said by 
Manager G. G. Rubin who plans to 
hold the picture for an indefinite 

Tri-States Biz "Best" 

Omaha. — District Manager Evertf 
R. Cummings of Tri-States Theat- 
ers announced yesterday that his 
district had the best holiday busi-, 
ness in history, especially in the 
smaller towns. 



Jan. 4: Installation of officers by Washing- 
ton Variety Club, Willard Hotel. 

Jan. 7: Inauguration of the Adolph Zukor 
Silver Jubilee Sales Drive. 

Jan. 8-10: Paramount production conference, 
Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. 

Jan. 9: Stagehands Union ball, Hotel Taft, 
New Haven. 

Jan. 16: I.T.O.A. annual party, the Waldorf 
Astoria, New York. 

Jan. 25: Kansas City (Mo.) Variety Club ball, 
Pla Mor ballroom. 

Feb. 3: Motion Picture Research Council's 
benefit performance of Ballet Russe, Oak- 
land, Cal. 

Feb. 13: Columbian Club formal dance, Wal- 

April 9: Annual ball of the Press Photo- 
graphers at the Hotel Commodore. 



Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937 





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ger, Thursday. Loevv's, Paramount 
and RKO are also expected to make 
their announcements during - the next 
14 days. 

Other companies to be heard from 
include: GB, Republic and Grand Na- 
tional. Warner Bros, so far has not 
participated in conferences held in 
conjunction with the M. P. T. 0. A. 

Gov. Lehman to Attend 

ITOA Movie Ball Jan. 16 

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a 12-piece marimba band will fur- 
nish the music. Doors will open at 
10:30 P. M. and supper will be 
served at midnight. It is expected 
that 1,200 will fill the Grand Ball- 
room of the hotel. 

GB-Alliance Distrib. Pact 

Calls for Five Pictures 

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be distributed through 20th Century- 
Fox exchanges, that Alliance had a 
contract under which GB will re- 
lease five of its pictures. GB is 
now releasing "Week-End Million- 
aire,' * iving Dangerously" and 
"River of Unrest," for Alliance, Rog- 
ers declared. 

Bell & Howell, Depue Get 
Printer Licenses of RCA 

Preparing for the higher quality 
sound recording soon to come out of 
the major Hollywood studios utiliz- 
ing the new ultra-violet light proc- 
ess, two other leading manufac- 
turers of film laboratory equipment, 
the Bell & Howell Company and 
Oscar Depue have been licensed un- 
der RCA patents to manufacture 
and market improved non-slip print- 
ers which insure accurate processing 
of the sound track for uniform re- 
lease prints. Andre Debrie, Inc., of 
America, arranged for a similar li- 
cense with RCA Photophone three 
weeks ago. 

Will Distribute Serial 

J. H. Hoffberg Co., Inc., has taken 
over the world distribution of 
"Queen of the Jungle," a 12-episode 






Bette Davis has become an expert 
knitter. Between sets she is devoting 
herself to the job of finishing a couple 
of sweaters.— WARNER BROS. 

• • • SOMETHING NEW to start the new year in the 

field of theater fronts with the Strand theater trying the 

novel experiment on the showing of "Gold Diggers of 1937" 

instead of the usual flat arch, the additional ten 

foot of depth is utilized which the flat arch previously had 
rendered of no value with this additional visibility dis- 
play space, the continuity of the display is unbroken to the eye 
in the complete sweep of the front the usual display 

frames are covered by a false front both uptown and 

downtown fronts are built in a drum effect which continues the 
sweep to the return walls 

• • • HERE IS the eye-appeal that the "Gold Digger" 

front flash has for the passersby gold cloth, sprayed with 

gold flitter, is used as a background with corrugated blue 

satin paper for contrast plenty of colored star heads, cut 

out and mounted on three-foot gold flitter covered stars against 

the blue satin background in keeping with the holiday 

spirit, the center title plaque was garlanded in silver leaves 

entwined with red satin ribbon for pictorial display, five 

colored enlargements of scenes from the picture are mounted 

on musical notes life-size colored cutout enlargements of 

the girls and three-foot high panorama strips of the scenes 
mounted against the background on both the drums and return 

walls a band of music bars and notes are placed in an 

unbroken sweep across the entire display as a new idea 

to obtain additional animation, a huge crystal ball chandelier 
is hung directly in front center of the display and revolved con- 
tinuously, illuminated with three large spot lights SOME 

front | j 

• • • WE WONDER who ? ? that producer of a 

long-run play on Broadway who has the entire cast and stage 
hands and sundry sore as hell for what appears to be a cheap 

publicity stunt announcing to the press that he had paid 

a Xmas bonus to everyone not only did he fail to pay 

anything extra, but did not even wire the customary holiday 
greetings to the cast so the telegram could be posted on the 
bulletin board oops 

• • • IN THE big town for the holidays and for several 
weeks thereafter are Richard de Rochemont, managing di- 
rector of the March of Time, Ltd. of London, and A. K. Mills, 
former publicity director for the March of Time and now for- 
eign editor of LIFE 

• • • PIP STUNT pulled by Morris Rosenthal of the 

Majestic, Bridgeport, Conn he had the former mayor 

speaking over 3,000 miles of phone wire to Deanna Durbin, the 

14-year-old singing sensation, in Hollywood the stunt was 

pulled for the kids in the local orphan asylum, who listened 
excitedly over the amplifiers as Deanna sang to them "Silent 

Night" the stunt grabbed all sorts of newspaper space, 

naturally of course Morris is showing the Universal 

"Three Smart Girls", featuring the youthful singer 

• • • OUT IN Hollywood Harry Hershfield is trying to 

figure out the expense of being funny by long distance 

he sent a wire to his business manager, George Luddington, 

for the holidays "Don't write. Telegraph. Christmas 

greetings." so George obediently wired back 60 words 

of holiday hooey COLLECT 

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"expected to work out their salva- 
tion," a spokesman for the council 
said Thursday. 

The draft to be considered 
Jan. 6 handles maximum working 
hours and minimum wages through 
provisions which state that mainte- 
nance of unfair labor condition^ 
constitute unfair competitive ad- 
vantages. Enforcement of the 
recommended law will be accom- 
plished through the Federal Trade 
Commission and the Department of 

John Gregg Paine, head of the 
council's management group, goes to 
Washington * Tuesday from New 
York preliminary to the session of 
the correlating committee. 

Expect "U" Holding Corp. 
Will Absorb Pictures Co. 

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stock setup probably will have to 
be worked out, The Film Daily 
was informed. 

Whitford Drake, Erpi executive 
vice president, mentioned at the 
Federal Communications Commis- 
sion hearing last week that a re- 
organization of Universal was in 
prospect. Drake said that this would 
probably transpire by summer. 

A statement by J. Cheever Cow- 
din, Universal's board chairman, is- 
sued in early November, disclosed 
that 15 "U" subsidiaries, three of 
major importance, would be af- 
fected by plans for the simplifica- 
tion of its corporate structure. 
Financial savings and desire to re- 
duce to a minimum inter-company 
relationships were given as the ob- 
jectives by Cowdin at that time. 

Alpine Theater Circuit 

Increased by 2 Houses 

Ripley, W. Va.— Charles E. An- 
derson, president of the Alpine 
Theater Circuit, announces that the 
circuit has added two theaters in 
this territory. One house is the 
Alpine, a 300-seater here, which 
opened on Christmas Day. The 
other is the Star Theater, a 500-seat 
house in Wellsburg which is man- 
aged by B. H. Potts. 




Of feature films shown in Australia 
during 1935, 73 per cent were Ameri- 




Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937 

» « 


Pittsfield, Mass. — The Union 
Square Theater, closed for the in- 
stallation of new maple flooring and 
new carpeting, has reopened. In 
addition, the interior has been re- 
decorated and other improvements 
made, according to Manager John 

Denver — Sound installations in 
this district are increasing rapidly 
and heavy demand is reported for 
the new Photophone High Fidelity 
equipment. Recent installations as 
reported by Dean Lewis, district 
manager, are: Muse-U Theater, 
Tularosa, N. M.; El Rio, Springer- 
ville, Ariz.; El Raton, Raton, N. M.; 
Unique, Gunnison, Colo.; Star, Fow- 
ler, Colo.; Salida, Salida, Colo.; and 
the Liberty, Tremonton, Utah. 

Springfield, Mass. — New equip- 
ment has been installed in three 
more local theaters. The Paramount 
here has installed new projection 
lamps and a new screen. The New 
Majestic in West Springfield has 
installed new High Fidelity Wide 
Range sound equipment. The Ar- 
cade here is installing a new projec- 
tion booth and is entirely renovat- 
ing and redecorating the theater. 

New Haven — The Globe, operated 
by Edwin S. Ramie, is installing 
new Peerless Magnarc lamps and 
Hertner generator. Bob Hutchins 
of National Theater Supply is do- 
ing the job. 

Mystic, Conn. — The Strand will be 
redecorated in the spring. John 
Findlay recently installed new Su- 
per Simplex mechanisms. 


is what yon will say 

when yon hear the 



just installed at the 

Soundfilm Enterprises, Inc. 

Public Projection Boom 
723 7th Ave. Tel. MEd. 3-3348 N.Y.C. 



Don't take a chance on 
losses — through resale 
and misappropriation. 

Keep your tickets under 
lock and key in a modern 
Gold Seal or Model "H". 


1540 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

New Orleans — The Bell is install- 
ing a new ventilation system. The 
Famous, operated by Joe Alsina, is 
further modernizing its lighting, 
completing a job begun earlier in 
the year. 

Wynesboro, Miss. — The Princess 
is adding new lighting equipment. 

Natchitoches, La. — Modernistic 
lighting standards have been or- 
dered by the Amuse U here from 
the National Theater Supply Co. 

Ruston, La. — The Rialto here is 
putting into effect a modernization 

Gering, Neb. — Installation of a 
new marquee with the latest type 
flashing neon sign has been com- 
pleted for the Grove Theater here 
at a $3,000 cost. The sign is the 
only one in western Nebraska 
equipped with "junior intensity," 
which makes the Adler-type silhou- 
ette letters of the three advertising 
tiers stand out sharply. 

Monette, Ark.— The lobby of the 
New Theater here has been redeco- 
rated and is now one of the most 
attractive theater fronts in this sec- 
tion of the state. Manager Clay- 
born Tipton has announced that the 
building would soon be remodeled 
inside and will be made sound- 

Tullahoma, Tenn. — The Strand is 
being remodeled and refurnished 

Batesburg, S. C. — A new heating 
plant has been installed in the Caro- 
lina Theater. 

Kanapolis, N. C. — New seats have 
been installed and a new maple floor 
laid in the Gem Theater. 

Baldwyn, Miss. — The Baldwyn 
has installed new mirrophonic sound 

Thidoxaux, La. — The Grace has 
reopened after remodeling and with 
complete new sound equipment. 

Little Rock — Charles Bonner, 
manager of the Community Thea- 

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New Theaters and N< 

No. 4, Hil 

{Editorial Note : — The Orient 
of motion picture theaters as the ){i 
and a projected Bombay cinema' uh 

TOKIO'S newest "picture palace," the Hibiya Theater, is one of the 
1 most novel in exterior appearance that the Japanese capital has 
yet seen. It is located on an island and the architect, Dr. M. Abe, 
and the contractors, Takanaka Komuten, Inc., took advantage of the 
location for striking effects, particularly with night lighting. 

It is constructed of reinforced concrete, steel and brick and covers an 
area of 3,942 square meters. The orchestra seats 1,630 and the balcony 
700, total accommodation for 1,730. 

Chief novelty of the Hibiya's exterior is a dominating central tower 
upon which is a glass tower which tapers to a column. The glass tower 
is lighted from within while the tapering column is Neon-lighted. The 
general effect is of a sugar-loaf and affords possibilities for unusual and 
effective night lighting. 

The tower contrasts strikingly with the fiat walls and large window 
spaces which flank it on either side. These windows are five large 
panes wide and extend from the marquee 10 panes high, three-fourths 
the height of the main tower. 

The rest of the exterior is made mostly of brick and stone facings 
and is plentifully supplied with windows, affording ample light for 
stairways and for the cafe. 

The Hibiya is built on the circular plan with the seating fan-shaped. 
Interior walls are plain and undecorated, giving to the large orchestra 
a somewhat sombre aspect which is somewhat relieved by the concealed 
lighting in the large dome. Simple in design, the auditorium is spacious, 
with plenty of leg-room for patrons. Circular shape of the auditorium 
and the dome are on the accepted opera house principles. 

Four large entrance doors occupy the centre under the wide mar- 
quee which extends the entire width of the facade. On either side of 
the doors are large panels for poster or still displays. On either side 
of the auditorium are wide exit doors. 









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Equipment Features 

eater, Tokio 

<ging novel notes into its building 
g account of Tokio's new cinema, 

None of the street frontage space is devoted to shops, as is so often 
the case with Occidental picture houses. 

An Oriental theater planned for Bombay, India, will make more 
use of Occidental theater construction although it will retain the re- 
finement of decoration and architectural design that is characteristic 
of Indian theaters. 

The Bombay project is a combined motion picture theater, hotel 
and residential block in the Back Bay Reclamation district. It will be 
135 feet high, — the highest building in Bombay, with skeleton of all- 
British steel. S. C. Cambata is the originator of the project and the 
architects are Bhedwar & Bhedwar. 

The tower arrangement of the new Bombay theater will be some- 
what similar to that of the Hibiya in Tokio, a tower or cupola super- 
imposed upon a tower, with practically all available space in exterior 
walls given over to windows. 

Neon lighting will be employed on the exterior to obtain a fountain 
effect. The lighted cupola will be visible for many miles, it is stated. 
Pink stone from the quarries of Agra will be worked into the exterior 
design. The huge entrance foyer will have black marble pillars, with 
glass designs above lighted from inside the pillars. 

An innovation will be a white space in the foyer upon which trailers 
and other films can be projected to entertain the crowds waiting to gain 

Wall surfaces of the auditorium will be painted in allegorical friezes 
symbolical of music and art. A similar frieze surmounts the screen. 
The theater will seat 1,200 and will be provided with revolving stage 
and elevators. The restaurant will overlook the bay. 





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Detroit — Carlson Studios are now 
occupying their new and larger 
quarters at 1909 Brush St. The com- 
pany produces screen process adver- 
tising displays. 

Detroit — The No-Sag Spring Co., 
manufacturers of metal springs for 
theatrical seats, has moved from the 
Boyer Bldg. to a new plant location 
at 4845 Bellevue Ave. The company 
is also opening a new plant in 
Windsor, Ont., to take care of Can- 
adian and British Empire produc- 
tions. New plant there will be ready 
for opening about Jan. 1, Henry 
Hopkes, manager, said this week. 

Omaha, — Scott-Ballantyne Co. an- 
nounces sale of Largen sound equip- 
ment to W. S. Powers' Rex, Glen- 
wood, la. 

Detroit — O'Dell Engineering Co. 
has installed a new method of in- 
stantaneous recording in its stu- 
dios. The company specializes in 
recording and has also done a vari- 
ety of public address and sound in- 
stallation work. The company has 
just completed a move to new stu- 
dios at 2832 East Grand Blvd. 

Detroit — The firm of Evans-Brise- 
bois has been appointed advertising 

counsel for the No-Sag Spring Co., 
manufacturers of springs for the- 
ater seats. 

Omaha. — Western Theater Supply 
Co. announces sale of 286 American 
Seating Co. chairs to Lord and John- 
son, who open the new Home theater 
at Danbury, Neb., Jan. 7; new drapes 
to Joe Swoboda for the Avalon, 
Schuyler, Neb.; two Simplex projec- 
tors to Charles Sartorius' Capitol, 
Hartley, la.; Simplex projectors, Mo- 
hawk carpets and Da-Lite screen to 
Irvin Levin's Winn, Omaha; side 
drapes and gold plush curtain, con- 
taining 187 yards, to Henry How- 
er's State, Worthington, Minn., 
which was opened less than a year 
ago; Baldor rectifiers, Kniseley elec- 
trical mirrors and Preddy aisle lights 
to H. K. Allen's Island, Grand Island, 
Neb.; and a year's supply of Nation- 
(Continued on Page 6) 


Most Modern Equipped Sound Recording 

Studio in the East 


Noiseless Film and Disc Recording 


Location Equipment 


1600 Broadway MEd. 3-1270 New York 


After the thin man, the fat woman and every- 
body else have scuffed over Alexander Smith 
Carpets for years, they still keep their sprightly 
appearance — which is one reason you'll find 
them in the majority of the country's most 
successful theatres. 



Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937 

Theater Improvements 

(Continued from Page 4) 

ter, Pine Bluff, which recently had 
a fire in the projection room, has 
announced that the house will re- 
open within a few days. The latest 
and most modern equipment is be- 
ing installed in the projection booth. 

Hazelhurst, Ga. — New sound 
equipment has been installed in the 

Lonoke, Ark. — Otis Mosier, man- 
ager of the Rex, announces that he 
has installed storm doors at his 
theater which adds to the comfort 
of patrons during the cold weather. 

Augusta, Ark. — The Lura Thea- 
ter has a new and attractive front. 

Mount Dora, Fla. — The Mount 
Dora Theater is being remodeled 
and refurnished throughout. 

Hartford, Ala.— New sound equip- 
ment and new seats have been in- 
stalled in the Rosemont. 

Slocomb, Ala. — New heating 
equipment has been installed in the 

Ellwood City, Pa. — Andy and 
Frank Biordi have remodeled their 
Majestic at a cost of more than $25,- 
000. A complete new interior and 
a new marquee have been erected. 
A five-room apartment atop the 
theater has been dismantled and a 
balcony added. The auditorium was 
also reseated for increased capaci- 
ty. Installations include new light- 
ing fixtures, projection equipment 
and a sound system. W. Naidenoff 
of Pittsburgh was the decorator. 


Harry F. Shaw, former managing 
director of Loew's State here and 
now in charge of the Loew Poli 
division with headquarters in New 
Haven, Conn., was a holiday visitor 
here, Mrs. Shaw accompanying him. 
They were guests of Harry Rose, 
assistant at Loew's and Mrs. Rose. 

Shirley Temple's "Stowaway" is 
the first film to hold over at the RKO 
Schine Eckel since its reopening 
last April. 

Alfred Di Bello, operator of the 
Palace here, is angling for the Roxy 
in East Syracuse. 


"Stowaway" is being taken from 
the Denver for a second week at 
the Broadway theater. 

Donnelly James, director, and Kay 
Andre, soloist, of the Denver theat- 
er's orchestra, are recovering from 
the flu. 

Hugh Braly, Paramount district 
manager, went to California for a 
holiday vacation. 

Harry Marcus, Allied exchange 
manager; George Kerer, Capital ex- 
change manager; and Nat Wolfe, 
manager of Commercial film ex- 
change, have returned from Salt 
Lake City. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mote were seen 
on the Row doing business. They 
own the theater at Riverton, Colo. 

Words and Wisdom 

"VV7HAT we need in the industry is 
confidence and co-operation. 
Confidence in business, confidence 
in ourselves, and confidence in each 
other. After that co-operation. — 
WILL H. HAYS in London inter- 

If history tells us anything it is 
that morals cannot be legislated. 
How people feel about things is 
usually just as important as what 
they feel. Legislation may get out- 
ward compliance, but inward rebel- 
Secretary N.C.P.T. 

I don't think it is possible to adapt 
masterpieces of literature to the 
screen, because even with the clever- 
est condensation so much of impor- 
tance has to be left out. I think 
it is far better to have original 
stories written for the screen. — 

The motion picture is a family 
business. We can get our money 
back, and a profit, only when the 
film appeals to the entire family. 
The producer cannot be as bold as 

he would like.— SAMUEL GOLD- 

You've got to be honest with the 
public. I don't believe in playing 
down to the arbitrary standard of 
infancy which producers have im- 
posed on the public, but you must 
be honest with them — then they'll 
respond.— ANN HARDING. 

The most fantastic ideas for jun- 
gle adventure pictures come from 
outwardly staid business men, exe- 
cutives, professional men and col- 
lege professors. — RICHARD 

I know I've got a very funny face. 
It gets tiresome to me, so it stands 
to reason the public must get tired 
of it now and then. That's my rea- 
son for taking an occasional vaca- 
tion from screen work. — EDWARD 

Stage players usually "click" so 
well on the screen because of their 
years of experience. Delivering lines 
before an audience is the greatest 
practice of all. — JOHN BARRY- 

Sound Installation 

In K. C. Auditorium 

Kansas City — Outstanding among 
recent large public address installa- 
tions is the comprehensive Western 
Electric system supplied to the Kan- 
sas City Auditorium. This mam- 
moth structure presents some un- 
usual problems to the sound engi- 

First in importance is the vast 
main arena which has a seating ca- 
pacity for 13,000 persons. In addi- 
tion there are other chambers of 
considerable size under the same 
roof, including the Music Hall, 
which seats 3,000 persons, the Ex- 
hibition Hall, the "little" theater 
which seats 600 persons, and the va- 
rious committee rooms, which have 
a seating capacity of about 200 per- 
sons each. 

The requirements for the sound 
system were that voice and music 
should be clearly and intelligently 
amplified from local microphones so 
as to be heard not only by every 
person in the main auditorium, but 
also by all those in the various other 
spaces in the structure. In order to 
avoid the annoying result of inter- 
ference from several smaller-pow- 
ered sound sources at various points 
throughout the main auditorium, the 
engineers who planned this installa- 
tion employed a central sound source 
in the form of a high-powered group 
of loudspeakers in a "projectolier," 
suspended from the center of the 
ceiling. This large unit, which in- 
cludes several low-frequency and 
several high-frequency sound pro- 

jectors, so as to cover the entire 
audio-frequency range, literally 
sprays sound throughout this large 
auditorium from its central vantage 
point in such a manner that there 
are no difficulties resulting from 
time-lag interference or echo effect. 
Every word of the speaker at the 
microphone in the speaker's rostrum 
is as clearly reproduced and as 
plainly intelligible as the original 
words would be if heard directly a 
few feet away from the talker him- 
self. Moreover, if desired, this same 
effect may be simultaneously repro- 
duced in the other chambers housed 
within the structure, and, in addi- 
tion, the same voice may be fed into 
lines connecting to broadcast sta- 
tions so that the program may be 
placed on the air by radio. In addi- 
tion to the public address system, 
the sound installation includes com- 
plete talking motion picture equip- 


Tri- States managers of the Omaha 
area attended a conference here 
called by District Manager Evert 

F. E. Judd, Republic-Midwest ex- 
change manager here, has relin- 
quished booking duties because of 
press of other work and turned them 
all over to Don Nelsen. 

M-G-M office employes gave a 
combination wedding anniversary- 
Christmas gift of a china set to 
Manager and Mrs. Harry Shumow. 

Equipment Notes 

{Continued from Page 5) 
al carbon to J. D. Rankin's Tarkio, 
Tarkio, Mo. 

Detroit — The Visual-Audio Film 
Exchange and Equipment Service 
Co., specializing in non-theatrical 
film distribution, has gone out of 
business, following the death of 
Mark B. Rauch, proprietor. 

Detroit — E. A. Long and Co., the- 
atrical decorators, have moved from 
East Forest Avenue to downtown 
studios at 853 Howard St. 

Detroit — Nichols Floor and Tile 
Co. has installed special acoustical 
treatment in the divisonal offices of 
M-G-M and in the Fox Film Ex- 
change Bldg. here, as well as sev- 
eral theatrical installations for 
United Detroit Theaters. 

"Turret Tops" for Actors 

Hollywood sound men are to have 
"turret tops." This is the latest in- 
vention in the recording of the dia- 
logue of stars. Exterior recording 
has always been a difficult task for 
the mixer or sound modulator, 
working with headphones, because 
of extraneous sounds interfering 
with his judgment. So the "turret 
top sound men" came into being. 

Studio technicians devised a 
sound-proof helmet, in which head- 
phones were inserted, and with a 
double glass window to look through. 
It fits over the head of the mixer 
while actually listening in on record- 
ings and shuts out all sound save 
that which comes from the micro- 

The first "turret top" was worn 
by Jimmy Brock, sound man on 
"Maytime" at Metro-Goldwyn-May- 
er, to record garden scenes with 
Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, 
John Barrymore and others. Jimmy 
says it works perfectly. Director 
Robert Z. Leonard says "okay for 

Variety Club Dinner Party 

Pittsburgh — The local Variety 
Club is staging a dinner party for 
its members and friends in its Wil- 
liam Penn Way headquarters on 
Monday. Mike Gallagher, Dr. H. 
Pittler and Art Morrone are the 
kings of the affair. 

Closes for Foreign Rights 

Reliable Film Export Co., through 
C. Gonzalez, has closed contract for 
the foreign rights on "Ski-Esta," a 
new one-reel action short based on 
a skiing theme. 

English Cinema Tax 

London — The motion picture in- 
dustry contributed over 60 per cent 
of the $45,000,000 amusement in- 
dustry tax collected by the British 
government for the year ending 
March 31, 1936. The cinema's share 
of the tax amounted in round num- 
bers to $26,000,000. 

Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937 


Foreign Field 

Production in France 

Paris — Jean Murat will play the 
lead in Leon Mathot's production of 
"L'Homme a Abattre" from a novel 
by Charles Robert Dumas, with 
Jules Berry, Vivianne Romance and 
Jean Max principal in the support. 
Carlo Rim prepared the scenario 
and wrote the dialogue. Jean Lenoir 
wrote the music for it. . . . Mathot 
will later present Murat in "Aloha, 
le Chant des lies," adapted by 
Charles Spaak from C. A. Gonnet's 
romance. . . . Victor Francen has 
been engaged to play the lead in 
"Double Crime sur la Ligne Magi- 
not" by Pierre Nord. Felix Gandera 
and Robert Bibal are the producers. 
... La Compagnie Francaise Cine- 
matographique will present Martha 
Eggerth in "Le Chant de I' Alou- 
ette," with music by Franz Lehar. 

Erna Sack for "Prince Otto" 

London — Arthur Maude, general 
manager of Morgan Productions and 
Winwood Pictures, has signed Erna 
Sack, famous prima donna, for the 
leading role in a forthcoming Mor- 
gan production of Robert Louis 
Stevenson's romantic "Prince Otto." 
The contract gives the companies 
an option on her work in two later 

Jlwiews of Hew Tihns 

Modify Szech Film Subsidies 

Prague — On the initiative of the 
Ministry of Education, the Official 
Film Council has modified the sys- 
tem of subsidies for domestic pic- 
tures. Subsidies will be given 
according to the merits of the 
pictures: 240,000 crowns for "A" 
pictures: 140,000 crowns for "B" 
pictures and 70,000 for the ordinary 
program production. 

Ask Argentine Quota 

Buenos Aires — The Film Insti- 
tute has submitted to the govern- 
ment a film quota suggestion for 
1937 and for 1938. It requests a 
quota of 10 per cent of native pro- 
ductions for 1937, rising to 15 per 
cent in 1938 and also asks a sub- 
sidy for the construction of a motion 
picture studio with foreign pro- 
jectors and other apparatus to be 
admitted free of duty for this one 
project. American and German 
equipment is favored. 

Technicolor Congress in May 

Hamburg, Ger.— The first inter- 
national congress of Technicolor will 
be held here from May 15-22, 1937. 
Specialists in the making of color 
pictures from various nations are 
expected to attend. 

20 Weeks for "Mr. Deeds" 

London — Columbia's "Mr. Deeds 
Goes to Town" has completed 20 
weeks of continuous London run, 
with the termination of its engage- 
ment not yet in sight. Aside from 
its run at the Rialto, the picture 
opened at a second London theater 
on Dec. 21, the Stoll, Kingsway. 


with Jane Withers, Anthony Martin, 
Leah Ray, El Brendel 
20th Century-Fox 68 mins. 


A peach of a program picture is this 
new Jane Withers vehicle. It is a musical 
with action galore, a bit of melodrama, and 
has three swell comics who furnish a lot 
of hilarious moments. Anthony Martin and 
Leah Ray put over some good songs which 
were written by Sidney Clare and Harry 
Akst. Tony also manages to get involved 
in a number of the battles. Joe Lewis, El 
Brendel and the stuttering Joan Davis are 
responsible for most of the laugh footage. 
The latter two do a couple of take-offs on 
the songs sung by Mr. Martin and Miss 
Ray and they get over big. Jane is in 
the middle of everything that happens and 
she gets into the singing and dancing as 
well. The original screenplay by Lou Bres- 
low and John Patrick makes an inter- 
esting layout and James Tinling's direction 
is fast with a nice balancing of all ingre- 
dients. Sam Kaylin, as musical director, 
had a large assignment on which he has 
done a most competent job. As associate 
producer, John Stone is responsible for a 
production which should prove very enter- 
taining for all types of audiences. Jane, the 
daughter of a lieutenant in the naval air 
corps, is the darling of the men at the 
station. She stages a musical show in which 
her boys participate. A gang of spies want 
some information and they need Leah 
Ray's cafe which is located in a strategic 
spot. Knowing that a brawl will close her 
cafe, the gang start a fight while Jane's 
show is being staged. Later Leah ,is al- 
lowed to reopen and with Joan and Jane 
encounters the spies. Jane escapes and 
while flying maneuvers are on, she phones 
the squadron which stages a mass parachute 
jump and lands at the cafe in time to 
capture the spies. 

Cast: Jan Withers, Anthony Martin, Leah 
Ray, El Brendel, Joe Lewis, John Eldredge, 
Gloria Roy, Andrew Tombes, Joan Davis, 
Gavin Muir, Fred Kohler, Jr., Victor Adams, 
Raymond Brown. 

Associate Producer, John Stone; Direc- 
ton, James Tinling; Authors, Lou Breslow 
and John Patrick; Screenplay, same; Cam- 
eraman, Daniel B. Clark; Editor, Nick De 
Maggio; Musical Director, Samuel Kaylin; 
Music and Lyrics, Sidney Clare and Harry 
Akst; Dance director, Jack Haskell. 

Direction, Fast. Photography, Excellent. 


All Saenger Theaters Corp. em- 
ployees got a bonus. 

It's a baby girl over at the home 
of Floyd Murphy, film salesman. 

Milton Dureau, United Artists 
salesman, is back from a jaunt to 
Atlanta where he did special sales 
work in that territory. 

Gaston (Iron Horse) Dureau 
called off his annual New Year's 
Day cocktail party. Reason: Wife 
Dixie is ill. 


"LES PETITS" ("The Children"), French 
dialogue film with English titles; a Cid pro- 
duction; released by Franco-American Film 
Corp.; directed by Constant Remy and Al- 
fred Marchard, with Emmanuel Roncier, 
Colette Borelli, Constant Remy, Jeanne Boi- 
tel, et al., in cast. Presented at Cinema de 

Reminiscent of the memorable stand- 
out French film, "La Maternelle", this 
feature has locale in a fashionable school 
for children. Child psychology plays im- 
portant part in story of romance between 
a little boy and girl, both of whom, de- 
spite the harmlessness of their association, 
are expelled. After dramatic episodes their 
neglectful and un-understanding fathers 
plan a future of happiness for them. While 
lacking much of the genius of "La Mater- 
nelle", this is interesting audience fare. 
Performance by the tiny lead players, Eman- 
uel Roncier and Colette Borelli, are superb. 
Despite child angle, feature is adult en- 
tertainment and unsuitsd to younger gen- 
eration of patrons. 

"TREDOWATA" ("Social Leper"), Pol- 
ish dialogue film; a Sfinks production; story 
by Helena Mniszek; distributed by Jerzy 
S. Starczewski; directed by Juliusz Gar- 
dan, with K. J. Stepowski, Fr. Brodniewicz, 
Elzbieta Barszczewska, et al., in cast. Pre- 
sented at Miami Theater. 

Rather ineffectual drama whose final se- 
quences detract from power of pre-climax 
scenes. Story deals with romance of a 
governess who falls in love with a Count, 
bringing down upon her head all the in- 
trigue and jealousy of those who detest 
her modest social station. Chief among 
these antagonistic forces is the Coun- 
ess Barska who is in love herself with the 
Count. As a result of petty plotting by 
the Countess, the governess kills herself. 
Feature is of less rugged calibre than aver- 
age foreign film. 


Ralph Dostal is the newest addi- 
tion to the sales staff of Royal Film 
Exchange, managed by Bill Quinn. 
Dostal was formerly with Columbia 
and more recently at Grand Nation- 

Oscar Kantner has been stationed 
here by M-G-M as exploitation man. 

Walter Kofeldt is now selling All 
Star pictures in Los Angeles. 

Jack Foley of Fox West Coast 
Theaters, suffered a broken hand in 
an auto accident. 

Elsie MacLaren is taking over an 
office post with Nasser Brothers 
Theater Circuit. 

Vassar College undergraduates 
have joined Stanford students in 
protests against double-bills. Stan- 
ford collegians who started cam- 
paign say it will be a national col- 
lege movement. 

Charlie Pincus publicity man for- 
merly located here, is now in an ex- 
ecutive position with Paramount 
Theaters at Salt Lake City. 




YVTHAT happens to all the "finds" 
put under personal contract 
by directors and producers and of 
whom nothing is heard again? Well, 
according to Wesley Ruggles, who 
numbers Jack Oakie among his dis- 
coveries and personal contractees, 
too much is expected of these fledg- 
lings, they are rushed along too fast, 
given parts beyond their ability and 
fade out of the picture. Ruggles 
now has three personal contractees, 
the lates being Nordi Lumoc, pretty 
16-year-old ice skater, who won the 
intersectional juvenile championship 
at Lake Placid last winter. He in- 
tends to develop her slowly, giving 
her first a small bit in "I Met Him 
in Paris," his next picture for Para- 
mount, which stars Claudette Col- 

T ▼ T 

D. Ross Lederman, veteran screen 
director, is on the eve of his half- 
century mark at Columbia Studios, 
where he is now directing "I Prom- 
ise to Pay," featuring Chester Mor- 
ris, Helen Mack and Leo Carrillo. 
The "half -century" referred to the 
number of pictures he has made for 
Columbia, Lederman explained, in 
stating that his present production 
is the 49th picture made for the 
studio within four and a half years. 
"I have been a director for about 
ten years," said Lederman. "During 
that time I have made a total of 80 
pictures. Early in my Columbia 
career I rather set a record for speed 
when I turned out a total of 15 pic- 
tures in 17 months. Another time, 
on a Tim McCoy western produc- 
tion containing 312 scenes, we fin- 
ished in four days with only daylight 
work." Before becoming a director, 
Lederman was an assistant, and be- 
fore that, in the silent days, he was 
one of the Keystone cops in Mack 
Sennett comedies. 

M-G-M announces purchase of 
screen rights to the novel, "Court- ■ 
house Square," by Hamilton Basso, 
published two months ago by Scrib- 

Fred Perry, holder of the British 
and American amateur tennis cham- 
pionships, who recently turned pro- 
fessional, has completed a short sub- 
ject dealing with the sport at the 
M-G-M studios. The film, as yet un- 
titled, will be released as a Pete 
Smith Specialty. 

T T T 

Ann Rutherford, 19-year-old ac- 
tress who played the title role in 
the short feature, "Annie Laurie," 
has been given a featured part in ' 
"Espionage," soon to go into pro- 
duction at the M-G-M studios. i 

T T T 
Added to the cast of "The Man in I 

Possession" at M-G-M, are E. E. 

Clive, Reginald Owen and Cora 


Saturday, Jan. 2, 19: 


Roadshow Campaign 
On "Nine Days a Queen" 

of the State Theater, Salem, 
Ore., did a thoroughly work- 
manlike job on his cam- 
paign on "Nine Days a Queen." 
In the first place, working on 
the premise that this is a pro- 
duction that would definitely at- 
tract the better class of people 
to his theater, Lewis raised his 
admission price from 15c to 55c 
and gave the picture a roadshow 
presentation. The sponsorship 
of the Salem University Wo- 
men's Association was obtained, 
with a percentage of the gross 
going to the organization. The 
newspaper 'society editors gave 
the picture considerable space, 
treating its opening as one of 
the social events of the season. 
A special tie-up was made with 
the Salem Public Library which 
had a large display of books, of- 
fered as suggested reading in 
connection with the "story of 
Lady Jane Grey," on which the 
picture is based. Lewis so im- 
pressed the superintendent of 
the Salem public schools with 
the educational value of the pic- 
ture, that permission was grant- 
ed throughout the schools of the 
city to excuse any pupil who de- 
sired to attend the special 
school matinees, tickets for 
which were sold to each school. 
A committee from the Univer- 
sity Women's Association con- 
tacted all the Service Clubs with 
announcements concerning the 

— State, Salem, Ore. 

Ed Levin's Campaign 
On "Come and Get It" 

PD LEVIN of B. & K. set a 
new standard in campaigns 
on Samuel Goldwyn's "Come and 
Get It," at the Roosevelt, Chi- 
cago, before it was transferred 
to the Garrick for a subsequent 
showing. Levin started off with 
the cover of Movienews which 
has more than 500,000 circula- 
tion and followed this break 
with several special features on 
lumber camps, Shield's tennis 
prowess, roto plants in the 
News and the serialization in 
the Herald-Examiner as well as 
a number of all the six metro- 
politan papers. Marshall Field, 
Remington Typewriter, the 
Milk Foundation Fund, Dixie 
Cup, the Hub Store and Heinz 
Lumber Co., among others, gave 
considerable window, counter 
and ad space to the production, 
in each case the billing receiv- 
ing prominent mention. Levin 
arranged special coverage for 

the large Swedish district with 
very noticeable results. He also 
promoted a sponsor for the dra- 
matization over the leading- lo- 
cal radio station in addition to 
planting the electrical transcrip- 
tion with full theater credits. 
An elaborate lobby was used for 
two weeks in advance. 

- — Roosevelt, Chicago. 

A. W. Sobler's Campaign 
On "The Magnificent Brute" 

'T'HE movies stole the circus' 
own show when A. W. Sob- 
ler, manager of the New Spreck- 
els, San Diego, ballyhooed the 
world premiere of "The Magni- 
ficent Brute" in the big top's 
time-honored street parade. 
Sobler acquired a bright, new, 
red Chevrolet truck in exchange 
for a banner on the back of the 
vehicle. Upon the truck, cutout 
figures of attractive girls looked 
adoringly at a giant central fig- 
ure of Victor McLaglen, the 
picture's star. Painted in vivid 
colors and carrying large signs 
on which were billing and catch- 
lines, the truck was one of the 
most colorful exhibits in the big 
circus parade which moved up 
Broadway. The truck also pa- 
raded the streets for four days 
starting with the opening. Ex- 
ploitation stills accounted for 
window displays in a beauty 
parlor, jewelry store, refrigera- 
tor agency and a typewriter 
store. In effective downtown lo- 
cations Sobler spotted 50 win- 
dow cards and in club locker 
rooms arrayed fifteen one-sheets. 
Twenty illuminated 24-sheets 
covered the city. In key residen- 
tial and business districts, 800 
litter cans carried plugs for 
"The Magnificent Brute." News- 
paper advertising was heavy, be- 
ginning the Sunday in advance 
of a Wednesday opening. 

—Spreckels, San Diego. 


John St. Peter has been named 
motion picture editor of the Bulletin 
Index, local weekly magazine, suc- 
ceeding the late Gilbert Mothers- 

Warners are now adding a local 
celebrity to the weekly morning kid- 
die shows at the Enright Theater 
staged Saturdays. 

Muriel Parker, singer, is in New 
York to make several shorts for 
Warner Brothers in the Eastern 

"Stowaway" has been held over at 
the Fulton Theater. 

The local revenue office is current- 
ly re-checking the amusement tax 
returns made by theaters in Alle- 
gheny County. 


Film-Library Co-operation 
Is of Mutual Benefit 

TN addition to increased cir- 
culation another benefit 
brought to libraries by film co- 
opei-ation is new card holders. 
Persons who, possibly, have 
never before entered the Library, 
see a Library film bookmark or 
read in the newspapers accounts 
of Library film displays and 
come to borrow the books men- 
tioned. Also, films, in them- 
selves, increase circulation and 
card-holders for libraries by 
bringing history and its per- 
sonages alive again, causing 
them to live upon the screen so 
that, when reading the connect- 
ing books, film fans are not get- 
ting merely dry facts but rather 
the vital life stories of people 
the screen has made real. In 
this way is often implanted that 
germ of insight, imagination, 
vision — call it what you will — 
without which apperciation of 
the best in literature is impos- 
sible. Library-film co-operation 
is a boon to libraries because it 
lessens the demand for the new- 
est books by taking from the 
stacks many fine books of an- 
other day. On the bookmark 
made for "Anne of Green 
Gables," listed under the sub- 
head "Four Famous Orphans," 
was "The Dove in the Eagle's 
Nest" by Charlotte Yonge. 
Readers who would have run 
from the mere mention of a 
classic called eagerly for this 
book because they have seen the 
title on a film bookmark; every 
copy in the library left the 
stacks and went into circula- 
tion. One of the surest ways in 
which libraries can increase cir- 
culation by means of film co- 
operation is by ordering well in 
advance extra copies of connect- 
ing books. Do not wait until the 
film has been shown in your 
town to purchase extra copies 
to meet the increased demand 
or to replace those worn out by 
constant use because of the 
film; purchase these copies in 
good season and thus get the 
greatest possible amount of ad- 
ditional circulation from co- 
operation with each film. 

— Ina Roberts of the 
Cleveland Public Library Staff. 

Screen Writers as College 
Professors in Spare Time 

BECAUSE writing for -the 
screen is the most technical 
form of writing in existence 
today, the film industry, itself, 
should consider ways and means 
to aid colleges with motion pic- 
ture curricula. There is no 
place where a budding writer 
can get training in writing for 
the screen from experts of the 

craft who are practical about 
the whole matter. Every ca- 
pable screen writer is not only 
busy, but the studios are try- 
ing to develop new ones. Now 
no screen writer is going to 
leave a job that probably pays 
him as much in a week as he 
would earn in a year at a uni- 
versity. But — suppose the stu- 
dios were to take writers like 
Robert Riskin, Grover Jones, 
Howard Estabrook, Claude Bin- 
yon, Frank Butler, etc., and ask 
such men, when not on assign- 
ment on some script, to lecture 
at the universities. There are 
certainly enough writers in 
Hollywood. It would cost the 
studios nothing. It would not 
be a hardship on the men lec- 
turing, and it would provide in- 
valuable aid to kids trying to 
find out how to write for the 
screen. Inveitably, the screen 
itself would be bound to benefit 
by it. Future writers for the 
screen would then learn to think 
in terms of a succession of pic- 
tures. They would get to know 
something about camera work 
and the cutting and editing of 
a picture, which every profes- 
sional screen writer must know 
in order to qualify. 

-J. P. McEvoy. 

Stars Will Carry Composer 
From Picture to Picture 

'"TODAY we must find and in- 
vent themes which are not 
totally appropriate to the pic- 
ture and the story, but such 
themes as will bring out the 
very soul and essence of each 
screen personality. The day is 
bound to come when stars will 
carry their composer, as they 
carry their favorite camera- 
man, from picture to picture. 
For this new musical por- 
traiture and glamor must con- 
tinue unbroken and must never 
fail to surround them whenever 
stars appear on the screen. 

— George Antheil. 


Lloyd Taylor, brother of Mildred, 
Sell of the Warner Bros, office force, 
was killed in an auto accident nearr 

Vincent Little, Warner Bros.' 
shipper here, has returned from a 
visit to relatives in Fort Smith. 

Ollie Brownlee, former city mana- 
ger for Griffiths at Chickasha, Okla., 
was married last week, and also 
moved to Fort Smith, Ark., to take 
over the Malco Theater. 

The Adams Film Exchange of Dal- 
las, is opening a new exchange in 
Oklahoma City, to be known as the 
i A., & M. Film Exchange Inc. 

Intimate in Character 
International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 



v^OL. 71, NO. 2 



GB to Open Its Own Exchanges Throughout the U. S. 


{110,000,000 Invested in Eng. Industry During Year 

Total Compares With $17,- 

500,000 New Capital in 


London (By Cable) — Approxi- 
mately $110,000,000 in new capital 
/as invested in the English film 
ndustry during 1936, as compared 
nth more than $17,500,000 in 1935. 
>uring the past year five companies 
?ere organized with an aggregate 
apital of $77,500,000, a checkup 
iscloses. A hundred additional com- 
anies were registered for the Odeon 


Cleveland — The Cleveland Motion 
i c t u r e Exhibitors Association, 
j teeting to discuss the possibility 
E passing on to the public the re- 
mtly enacted three per cent gross 
?ceipt tax in the form of a one cent 
Amission boost, agreed to boost 
rices at least one cent, provided the 

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panish Producer Talks 

Hollywood Studio Deal 

'est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — His own studio at 
adrid ruined by bombs and shell 
re, Jaime Salvador, Spanish pro- 
icer, is here to discuss the estab- 
hment of a production unit, either 
Hollywood or in Cuba. 
According to Robert Tasker, writ- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

tock Reduction Approved 

By Shareholders of FPC 

Toronto — At a special meeting of 
lareholders of Fi nious Players Ca- 
idian Corp., Ltd., held here, ap- 
•oval was given to the action of 
e directors in passing a by-law 
ducing the stated capital stock of 
e company, the purpose of such 
ove being to use the capital sur- 
us thus created to write down the 
)od-will of the company. 

Hays Voices Film Accord Appreciation to Italian Envoy 

Appreciation of the motioin picture industry for modifications of the new Italian 
film regulations was expressed by Will H. Hays to Ambassador Suvich of that country 
at Washington Saturday afternoon. That evening, in company with his wife, Hays 
attended the diplomatic ball at the White House. 

The M. P. P. D. A. head returned to New York yesterday and today leaves for 
Hollywood, where he will attend the Adolph Zukor dinner. 


"Further moderate increases in 
admission prices loom for the com- 
ing year," in the opinion of R. H. 
Cochrane, president of Universal, 
who sees that resulting from a "con- 
tinued expansion of consumer pur- 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Capacity New Year's Eve and Day 
business was generally reported by 
the nation's picture houses, includ- 
ing the Broadway de luxers. Extra 
policemen were required to handle 
the crowds in the Times Square sec- 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Legislative Outlook — U. S. Distribs. Resume in 



Filmland, with justified satisfac- 
tion, rang out old year and hailed 
the new. Eyes of leaders turned 
to impending opening of Congress 
with industry observers inclined to 
opinion that no new tax measures 
affecting motion picture business 
will be sponsored by national ad- 



Italy reported American distribu- 
tors have fully resumed operations 
there, following effectuating by 
Will H. Hays of modifications of 
new film regulations. U. S. com- 
panies had ceased exporting films to 
that country several weeks ago in 
protest against proposed drastic re- 

O!! Page 8) 

Maurice Ostrer and Arthur A Lee 
Announce New Move at Miami Beach 

Theater Wins Bank Night 
Right; Premiums Under Fire 

Chicago — Judge Walter Stanton 
has issued a temporary injunction 
prohibiting police from interfering 
with Bank Night Drawings of the 
Iris Theater. The judge > recom- 
(Coniinued on Page 6) \ / ' 

Plans of GB for opening its own 
exchanges in the United States were 
announced by Maurice Ostrer, assist- 
ant managing director of all GB 
enterprises, and Arthur A. Lee, vice- 
president of the American company, 
at Miami Beach yesterday. 20th 
Century-Fox, which has been han- 
dling physical distribution on the 
GB product in this country, recently 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Lichtman Replies to Kuyken- 

dall on MPTOA 10-Point 


A 10 per cent cancellation privi- 
lege on all contracts where an ex- 
hibitor buys all product offered is 
granted by Loew's in a letter from 
Al Lichtman, vice-president, to Ed 
Kuykendall, M. P. T. O. A. presi- 
dent, replying to the exhibitor as- 
sociation's trade practice proposals. 
The company will not drop its score 
charge, states the communication, 
which says that this is a matter 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Distribution of 25 Italian features 
in this country is planned by Nuovo 
Mondo Pictures Inc. which was 
recently organized. Total of 16 havl; 
already been placed in release. 

Company has arranged for distri- 
bution tieups in Pittsburgh, Chicago 
and at the coast and is handling 
other sales directly from its head- 
quarters in the RKO building. 

39 Pictures Underway 

In West Coast Studios 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Thirty-nine pictures 
are in production. M-G-M took the 
lead with seven, followed by Para- 
mount and Warners with six each. 
20th Century-Fox and RKO are 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Royal Romance Film Hits 

Chattel Mortgage Rocks 

Detroit — "Romance of a Century," 
based on the King Edward-Wally 
Simpson affair, and produced by B. 
C. Fassio of Detroit, has been at- 
tached by a chattel mortgage filed 
with the Wayne County Register of 
Deeds by Joseph E. Hofweber, on an 
alleged debt of Fassio's of $1,500. 




Monday, Jan. 4, 1937 

Vol. 71, No. 2 Mon., Jan. 4, 1937 10 Cents 

JOHN W. ALICOATE : : Editor and Publisher 

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Sam Dembow 

Isaac Blumenthal 

H The Broadway Parade II 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

After the Thin Man (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — 2nd week Capitol 

That Girl from Paris (RKO Radio) Music Hail 

Beloved Enemy (United Artists) — 2nd week Rivoli 

Golddiggers of 1937 (Warner Bros.) — 2nd week Strand 

One in a Million (20th Century-Fox) r oxv 

College Holiday (Paramount Pictures) — 3rd week Paramount 

Great Guy (Grand National) Criterion 

We Who Are About to Die (RKO Radio) Rialto 

Crackup (20th Century-Fox) (al Globe 

Crimson Circle (Du World) — 2nd week (a) Globe 

Three Men on a Horse. (Warner Bros.) (a-b) Palace 

Rainbow on the River (RKO Radio) (a-b) Palace 


Lloyds of London (20th Century-Fox) Astor 


Revolutionists (Amkino) — 2nd week Cameo 

Janosik (French M. P. Co.) — 2nd week Filmarte 

Les Petits (Franco American) Cinema de Paris 

Slalom (Geo. Kraska-World) — 3rd week 55th St. Playhouse 


The Plainsman (Paramount Pictures) — Jan. 6 Paramount 

Camille (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Capitol 

You Only Live Once (United Artists) Rivoli 

God's Country and the Woman (Warner Bros.) — Jan. 9 Strand 

We Who Are About to Die (RKO Radio) (c) Rialto 

Eternal Mask (Arthur Mayer & Jos. Burstyn) (c) Filmarte 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 

U. S. -Canadian Film Gross 
Estimated at $900,000,000 

Box Office, the motion picture 
trade weekly of Associated Publica- 
tions, in the issue out today estimates 
gross income of United States and 
Canadian motion picture theaters at 
$900,000,000 for 1936. Of this 
amount the magazine estimates ap- 
proximately $300,000,00 was paid in 
film rentals to distributing com- 
panies of which $200,000,000 would 
be applicable to the credit of produc- 
ing companies. 

The magazine says of operating 
results of the year just closed that 
"after all figures have been com- 
piled, it will prove to have been the 
best all-round twelve months which 
the industry has ever had. While 
better earnings may have been made 
in 1928 or 1929 by some companies, 
the assets of many companies were 
being dissipated in programs of 
over-expansion which led to smashes 
in later years." 

National Screen Moving 

Detroit — National Screen Service 
is scheduled to move into its new 
building here about Jan. 15. The 
new center will be used to distribute 
all trailer and display supplies for 
Michigan. Personnel of the new set- 
up has not been determined, Harris 
A. Silverberg, Detroit representa- 
tive for several years, said. 

Louis Weslyn Dead 

Louis Weslyn, 53, song writer and 
author of stage sketches, died of 
pneumonia on Thursday at St. Cath- 
erine's Hospital, Brooklyn. His real 
name was Weslyn Jones. 

Name Cammack Latin-Amer. 
General Manager for RKO 

Ben Y. Cammack has been pro- 
moted to the post of Latin American 
general manager for RKO, Radio in 
charge of field operations in all 
countries below the Rio Grande, Phil 
Reisman, foreign sales manager, an- 
nounced. Cammack's promotion is 
the result of his work in opening the 
Brazilian and Argentine branches, 
the latter due to begin active releas- 
ing operations in the first quarter of 
1937. Cammack will return to his 
territory this month. 

C. L. Hertzman Dead 

Charles L. Hertzman, 63, theatri- 
cal manager, died at Atlantic City 
on New Year's Eve after "prolonged 
illness. He was former general man- 
ager for the late Harry H. Frazee 
and for firm of Schwab & Mandel. 
At one time he was a scenario editor 
for Universal Pictures on the coast. 

Conn. Allied to Meet 

New Haven — Jan. 7 — Allied The- 
aters of Connecticut will meet Tues- 
day, January 12, at the offices in 
the Film Building. Dr. J. B. Fish- 
man, Connecticut representative on 
the Allied National Board, will at- 
tend the Board meetings in Balti- 
more on Jan. 21-22. 

Film Players on Radio 

Bert Wheeler and Ella Logan 
have been booked for the Ben Bernie 
radio program Jan. 5, Gregory Rat- 
off for Jan. 12, and Anna Sten for 
Jan. 19. 

Coming and Going 

ISIDORE OSTRER has gone to Miami from 
New York. 

FERNAND GRAVET will leave Hollywood on 

Friday for New York, bound for Paris and his 

Norman farm. Gravet plans to sail Jan. 16 
aboard the Normandie. ( 

13 Vitaphone Shorts Will 

Be Released In January 

Vitaphone will nationally release 
thirteen short subjects during the 
month of January, announces Nor- 
man H. Moray, general sales man- 
ager for Vitaphone shorts and trail- 
ers. Of these, two will be of two- 
reel length, and 11 of one-reel length. 

The two-reelers, both in the 
"Broadway Brevity" musical and 
comedy series, are: 

Joe and Asbestos in "A Horse's 
Tale," with Harry Gribbon and Ham- 
tree Harrington (Jan. 9) and Ber- 
nice Claire in "The Pretty Pre- 
tender" (Jan. 23). 

The one-reelers are: 

E. M. Newman's "The Hollanders," 
(Jan. 2); "Reel Vaudeville" with 
Harry Rose, (Jan. 2); "He Was Her 
Man" (Jan. 2); George Hall and His 
Hotel Taft Orchestra (Jan. 9); 
"Porky the Wrestler" (Jan. 9); 
"Vitaphone Pictorial Revue No. 5" 
(Jan. 16); Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Craw- 
ford in "Poets of the Organ" (Jani 
16) ; The Louisiana Kings in "Swa- 
nee Cruise" (Jan. 23); E. M. New- 
man's "Nice Work" (Jan. 30); "Bed- 
Time Vaudeville" (Jan. 30); and 
"Pigs Is Pigs" (Jan. 30). 

Harry Lavietes Breaks Leg 

New Haven — Harry Lavietes of 
the Pequot Theater and Allied Presi- 
dent, is nursing a broken leg, sus- 
tained in a fall. 

Marr Firm to Reorganize 

Detroit — Rence Movie Service, 
operated by Clarence W. Marr, is 
temporarily inactive, pending reor- 


Monday, Jan. 4, 1937 

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Edmund Lowe in 


with Florence Rice, Nat Pendleton, Henry 
Darnell . Sara Haden. Dean Jagger 

M-G-M 71 mins. 


Setting a new style in murder mysteries, 
this one has the audience informed from 
the very start of the killer's identity and 
the reasons for his actions. The suspense 
lies in having the detective learn these 
facts. The plot construction and all around 
handling keep things interesting at all 
times and the picture makes good pro- 
gram fare. The playing and direction 
give this number a lot of entertaining 
qualities in that piece never goes heavy. 
The cast is a pleasing one with Henry 
Daniell doing especially well in the role of 
the killer. In Bertram Millhauser's origi- 
nal and screenplay the causes for the mur- 
der of four different persons are reason- 
able and the method by which Edmund 
Lowe comes to his conclusions on the 
murderer's identity are logical and based on 
good reconstruction of the proceedings. 
When Sara Haden learns that her husband, 
Henry Daniell, has been unfaithful, she 
is about to leave him. She has been doing 
some research which the world believes 
is his and everything is recorded in a small 
notebook. Daniell so frightens his wife 
that she dies from heart failure. The note 
book cannot be found and in his quest for 
it, he kills Theodore Von Eltz, Dorothy Pet- 
erson and Zeffie Tilbury, and Florence Rice 
is on the verge of becoming a victim too. 
With a few facts and the assistance of 
Nat Pendleton, a dumb detective. Dean 
Jagger, who was originally accused and 
Frank Reicher, who looked like a good sus- 
pect, Lowe pins the crime on Daniell who 
in trying to escape falls to his death. 

Cast: Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice. Nat 
Pendleton, Henry Daniell. Sara Haden, Dean 
Jagger, Frank Reicher, Zeffie Tijbury, Hen- 
ry Kolker, Maria Shelton, Theodore Von 
Eltz, Dorothy Peterson, Harry Davenport. 

Producers, Lucien Hubbard and Ned 
Marin; Director, George B Seitz; Author, 
Bertram Millhauser; Screnplay, same; Cam- 
eraman, Charles Clarke. 

Direction, Suspenseful. Photography, Ex- 

Private Truck Line Wins 

Permit Despite Protests 

Little Rock, Ark.— The Film Tran" 
it Co., Memphis, Tenn., has been au- 
thorized by the Arkansas Corpora- 
tion Commission to operate a private 
trucking service over Arkansas high- 
ways for delivery of motion picture 
films to theaters in Arkansas. Hear- 
ing on the application was held sev- 
eral weeks ago. The Railway Ex- 
press Agency and several railroad 
companies protested issuance of the 
license permit. 

Tom Keene in 


with Gwynne Shipman, James Bush, 

Jimmy Butler 


Crescent 65 mins. 


Again Producer E. B. Derr turns to an 
interesting period and the result is a pro- 
duction that will satisfy the action fans. 
It provides Tom Keene with an ideal 
vehicle and he is convincing as a fearless 
young lawyer, who is quick on the trigger 
when the occasion demands. The period 
is 1857 and the locale Virginia City, Nevada, 
the site of the Comstock lode silver strike. 
Mark Twain, then a young newspaperman, 
and Comstock are among the characters in- 
troduced, with Twain an important figure 
in the story. James Bush does a good job 
as Twain. Howard Higgin's direction is 
effective. Gwynne Shipman, a newcomer, 
supplies the love interest opposite Keene, 
while Jimmy Butler does pleasing work 
as Keene's brother. Robert Fiske and 
Rafael Bennett are thoroughly competent 
as rascally villains. William Worthington, 
Henry Roquemore and Bobby Callahan 
round out a capable cast. Keene leads 
a group of Indiana friends to Virginia 
City. Their titles to silver claims are 
fought by a crooked mining company. Fiske 
is the company's attorney and Judge Roque- 
more is on his payroll. Roquemore grants 
an injunction against Keene and his associ- 
ates. Through petitions, Keene forces the 
removal of the Judge, and Worthington is 
named to preside in the case. Keene falls 
in love with his daughter, Gwynne. Fiske's 
henchman, Bennett, tries a bit of gunplay 
with Keene, but comes out second best. 
Fiske attempts to bribe Worthington, who 
rules against the mining company. Fiske 
is about to fire upon the Judge, but the 
jurist is too fast and accurate a marksman. 

Cast: Tom Keene, Gwynne Shipman, 
James Bush, Jimmy Butler, Robert Fiske, 
Carl Stockdale. 

Producer, E. B. Derr; Associate Producer, 
Bernard Moriarty; Director, Howard Higgin; 
Screenplay, John T. Neville; Cameraman, 
Paul Ivano; Editor, Donald M. Barratt. 

Direction, Effective. Photography, Good. 

"Robber Symphony" Rights 
Taken by Fortune Films 

Al Friedlander, president of For- 
tune Films, has acquired North and 
South American rights to the "Rob- 
ber Symphony" and will shortly 
stage two-a-day openings in Toron- 
to, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico City, 
Havana, Buenos Aires, Rio de Jan- 
eiro and other cities, he announced 

The picture will open here Jan. 18 
for a two-day run at a theater to 
be announced this week. The film 
will be supplemented by a stage 
show and a 100-piece symphony or- 


with Paul Kelly, June Travis, Purnell Pratt, 

Reginald Denny, Warren Hymer 


Republic 68 mins. 


A marine yarn full of new angles and 
twists, this is enjoyable fare. Moving 
along in a light easy going fashion, it fea- 
tures breezy dialogue and unsuspected sit- 
uations. A very competent cast headed and 
dominated by Paul Kelly, June Travis, 
Purnell Pratt and Warren Hymer get the 
lines across in fine style. The military stuff 
is held down to a minimum while the laugh 
footage is stressed. The plot construction 
is such that one is kept guessing as to 
the chain of events. This job of excellent 
writing was contributed by Joseph Krum- 
gold and Olive Cooper on the screenplay 
and Karl Brown on the original story. 
Ralph Staub's direction sets a good pace 
which combined with the mentioned fac- 
tors makes an interesting and entertaining 
picture. Nat Levine's production is nice- 
ly mounted and well handled in all depart- 
ments. Albert E. Levoy was his executive 
producer, and in addition to his writing, 
Joseph Krumgold served as associate pro- 
ducer. On the way to the Olympic games, 
June Travis frames Paul Kelly and his 
band from participating. Before the boat 
docks, she is in love with him. A speedy 
romance is about to culminate in marriage 
when Paul becomes a Leatherneck as a 
backhanded means of winning a bet from 
Purnell Pratt, her father, an officer in the 
marine corps. The girl, who despises every- 
thing about marine life, cancels her wed- 
ding plans and follows her father to an 
out of the way island post. In the course 
of time, Paul is transferred there. For his 
services in wiping out a disease, he is made 
a lieutenant which gives him the privilege 
to resign which he does. By this time June 
has learned what the corps really means 
and wants Paul to reconsider. However he 
leaves only to hurry back where after a 
heroic deed he is reinstated. 

Cast: Paul Kelly, June Travis, Purnell 
Pratt, Reginald Denny, Warren Hymer, Irv- 
ing Pichel, Sterling Holloway, Ray Corrigan, 
ohn Holland, Carleton Young, John Sheehan, 
Arthur Hoyt, Richard Beach, Howard Hick- 
man, Val Duran, Landers Stevens. 

Producer, Nat Levine; Executive Produc- 
er, Albert E. Levoy; Associate Producer, 
Joseph Krumgold; Director, Ralph Staub; 
Author, Karl Brown; Screenplay, Joseph 
Krumgold, Olive Cooper; Cameraman, 
Ernest Miller; Editors, Ernest Nims, Lester 

Direction, Swift Photography, Good. 

Actress' Brother Buried 

New Haven — Funeral services for 
Dr. Ainsworth O'Brien-Moore, Yale 
professor of Latin, and brother of 
Erin O'Brien-Moore, of stage and 
screen fame, were held Saturday in 
Dwight Chapel on the Yale Campus, 
with the actress in attendance. Dr. 
O'Brien-Moore was killed when the 
car driven by his wife struck a 
street pole. Mrs. O'Brien-Moore is 
in New Haven Hospital where she 
is being treated for severe injuries. 


film in Yiddish; a Green production; di- 
rected by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina- 
Przybylski, with Molly Picon, S. Fostel, M. 
Bozyk, et al in cast. Presented at Ambas- 
sador Theater. 

Molly Picon's first Yiddish musical com- 
edy film, recently made in Poland. With 
this skillful star, an excellent supporting 
cast and better technical handling than 
most Polish-productions, feature is superior 
entertainment. Sory deals with the ro- 
mance of a talented and dynamic miss 
who disguises herself as a boy and seeks 
a stage career so as to support her aged 

Arithmetic"), German dialogue film; a 
Minerva production; directed by Karl Hoff- 
man, with Luise Ullrich, Gustav Waldau, 
Paul Hoerbiger, et al, in cast. Presented 
at 86th St. Casino Theater. 

Nicely produced and highly diverting film 
dealing with love story of a country girl 
and a young man who is manager of a 
rural general store. After spending a 
hectic day or two adventuring in the city, 
they return to the more genuine things 
their village community has to offer for 
their future as man and wife. Acting 
is well above par, and photography is 
splendidly composed. 

General Theaters Equipment 
Pays Off $2,000,000 Loan 

General Theaters Equipment Corp. 
has paid off a $2,000,000 loan from 
the Chase National Bank made to 
finance the reorganization plan of 
the company. The loan, which was 
convertible into debentures and then 
into stock of the company, was paid 
off through funds obtained largely 
by sale of subscription warrants for 
capital stock of the company, Ear] 
G. Hines, president of the company, 

Dr. Waldman Dead 

Miami — Dr. Edward Waldman, 64, 
president of Waldman Theatrical 
Producing Co. of New York, died 
here New Year's Day after brief 
illness. He was member of Equity 
and produced many Shakespearean 

Projectionists Elect 

Wilmington, Del. — The Moving 
Picture Machine Projectionists Local 
473, IATSE of this city, has elected 
these officers: President, Phillip 
Jones; vice-president, Leon H. Mc- 
Carns; financial secretary-treasurer, 
Edward T. Veasey; recording secre- 
tary, Albert B. Williams; business 
manager, John R. Waller; sergeant- 
at-arms, John Maisel; executive 
board, Philip Jones, Leon H. Mc- 
Carns, John R. Waller, Albert 
Hughes and Frank Page. 



(Continued from Paae 1) 

for individual negotiation between 
the theater and distributor. 

Following is the Lichtman let- 

"Delay in answering your letter 
has been due to the fact that we 
have desired to give careful con- 
sideration to the requests of the 
M. P. T. 0. A. This has been done, 
and as a result of this study, we 
present to you herein our position 
on the various requests. 

"1 — Loew's commits itself to the 
proposition that it will grant an un- 
restricted ten per cent (10%) can- 
cellation on all contracts whenever 
the exhibitor leases all the product 
that is offered to him for exhibi- 

"2 — We are in thorough sympa- 
thy with your request for the estab- 
lishment of local conciliation boards 
and a central appeal board in New 
York City. The principle is an excel- 
lent one and its promotion shall 
receive our hearty support. 

"3 — We are also opposed to un- 
reasonable clearance. No general 
statement, however, can be appli- 
cable to all cases. The question 
of what is reasonable clearance de- 
pends upon the facts in the individu- 
al case and can only be determined 
with those facts before us. 

"4 — We are in complete harmony 
with your viewpoint on the question 
of over-buying and will gladly lend 
our aid in its elimination. This is 
one of the questions in respect to 
which the conciliation boards could 
render most effective service. 

"5 — We will give our utmost co- 
operation in the elimination of un- 
fair competition between theaters. 
Here again the conciliation boards 
can be most helpful. 

"6 — Our position in regard to non- 
theatrical exhibitions is, I am sure, 
very well known to you and in 
thorough accord with your desires. 

"7 — We favor the idea of a short 
form contract; in fact, our legal de- 
partment is now endeavoring to re- 
vise our contracts so that we may 
achieve this purpose. 

"8 — In setting film rental in 
license agreements the exhibitor 
and the salesman have invariably 
taken into consideration the provi- 
sion for score charges. Consequent- 
ly, your request for the elimina- 
tion of score charges is in effect a 
request to lower film rentals. We 
do not think that this request could 
consistently be made since it has 
always been and must be a question 
of negotiation between the individu- 
al exhibitor and the sales depart- 
ment what the individual exhibitor 
shall pay for his film license. 

"9 — The request for the elimina- 
tion of preferred playing time for 
percentage pictures is not now well 
grounded. With the adoption of the 
strict production code, all pictures 
are appropriate for exhibition on 
any day, and surely quality pictures 
are entitled to preferred play dates. 

"10 — It has been our desire to 

NEWS of the DAY 

Barrie, Ont.— A new $25,000 the- 
ater is constructed here for R. F. 

Milwaukee, Wis. — Fire of unde- 
termined origin did damage esti- 
mated at $5,000 to scenery and cur- 
tains at the Pabst, local downtown 
house now dark. The - automatic 
sprinkler system had virtually ex- 
tinguished the flames before fire- 
men arrived. 

Sparta, Wis. ■ — A disagreement 
between attorneys over the inter- 
pretation of certain clauses in the 
new lease of the Classic Theater 
here has made necessary a continu- 
ance of 60 days during which an 
action is to be brought for an in- 
terpretation of the lease. The Clas- 
sic was leased recently by L. J. 

Newark, N. J. — Installation of 
new Mirrophonic sound equipment 
has been completed at the Cameo. 
The house is the first of the city's 
neighborhood theaters to install this 
type of equipment. 

Sacramento — J. F. Garrette has 
rebuilt the fire-damaged Yale. The- 
ater will be managed by William 
Cornwell and house now seats 803. 
Dean (Budda) Maddox of radio 
fame will M.C. at opening. 

Ericson, Neb. — Bingham and Wal- 
ters have changed the name of the 
Ericson to the Waltham and opened 
a new house at Palmer, Neb., pur- 
chasing projection equipment and 
Largen sound from Scott-Ballantyne 
Co. of Omaha. They have named 
the new house the Waltham also. 

Beatrice, Neb.— Damaged $10,000 
by fire more than a month ago, F. E. 
Hollingsworth's Rialto has re- 

provide for balanced programs, re- 
alizing that a substantial percent- 
age of the theaters require short 
subjects. We are certain that you 
desire that short subjects shall be 
provided so that the remaining the- 
aters shall not be compelled to go 
to double features in order to pro- 
vide an evening's program. The 
short subjects, of course, will have 
to be supported if produced. We 
have adjusted our short reel prod- 
uct to meet not only the require- 
ments of the theaters using only 
single features but to those using 
double features as well. 

"I want to take this occasion to 
congratulate you on the excellent 
work that you and your organiza- 
tion have done. Your enthusiasm 
and your efforts are bound to bring 
improvement to the art and industry 
of motion pictures. 

"We will be pleased to assist you 
in bringing into effect the views 
herein expressed." 

Beatrice, Neb. — For years local 
liberals have unsuccessfully tried to 
get Sunday movies legalized here 
by popular vote. But the American 
Legion had only to ask to get per- 
mission to stage for charity, Beat- 
rice's first Sunday movie program 
in history. 

Des Moines, la. — Tri-States has 
promoted Arthur Stolte, Waterloo 
city manager, to district manager 
here, replacing Rockey Newton, 
who resigned to enter the laundry 
business at Cedar Rapids, la. Bob 
Fulton, Des Moines Paramount 
manager, was moved up to Stolte's 
Waterloo job. 

Boston— M. & P. Theaters has 
taken over the Hyde Park Theater, 
Hyde Park, from M. Spiro. The 
Hyde Park and the recently ac- 
quired Bayside Theater, Hull, have 
been added to Harry Wasserman's 

Seattle — James Daigler has re- 
turned to Seattle as assistant to 
John Hamrick at Hamrick's Ever- 
green. W. S. Sabottka becomes 
manager of the Paramount and 
George Appleby of the Music Box. 

Detroit — The James E. Duggan 
Studio has opened offices and plant 
at 4444 Woodward Ave. Mr. Dug- 
gan formerly owned the Regent 

Fairmont, W. Va. — Warners re- 
opened their Fairmont Theater here 
after redecorating the house at a 
cost of $8,500. 

Hope, Ark. - — The New Theater, 
owned and managed by R. V. Mc- 
Ginnis, formerly of Russellville, has 

Detroit — Recurrent rumors that 
the Cohen Brothers Circuit would 
take over the Colonial, Garden and 
Blackstone No. 2 Theaters from the 
Jacob Schreiber Circuit are denied 
by Lou Cohen. 


Frolic Theater has reopened fol- 
lowing improvement. 

Oriental Theater has booked 
"names" into the house during the 
next few weeks, among them Mills 
Brothers, Ina Ray Hutton and 
Sophie Tucker. 

Balaban & Katz's newest film the- 
ater nearing completion in Evans- 
ton will be called the Coronet. 

Martin Jones and Henry Olm- 
stead have leased the Studebaker. 

John F. Field of the Highland 
Theater has been named manager 
of the Stratford Theater of the 
Warner circuit. 

The California Theater has com- 
pleted an extensive remodeling pro- 

Monday, Jan. 4, 1937 


(Continued from Page 1) 

indicated that it cannot continue to 
distribute GB releases outside of 
pictures made by the British com- 
pany itself. 

Isidore Ostrer, head of GB, has 
gone to Miami Beach from New 
York for further talks with Nicholas 
M. Schenck, president of Loew's, in 
connection with the future setup of 
his company. He will also meet 
with Maurice Ostrer and Lee. 

As yet no deal involving 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, Loew's and GB has been 
completed. While Isidore Ostrer 
was in New York he did not confer 
with Sidney R. Kent, president of 
20th Century-Fox. 

In announcing plans for opening 
GB exchanges throughout the coun- 
try, Maurice Ostrer stated that GB 
will develop its own stars instead of 
borrowing them from Hollywood 

Theater Wins Bank Night 
Right; Premiums Under Fire 

(Continued from Page 1) 

mended that the City appeal the 
case to the State Supreme Court. 

Police activities against theaters 
using prize drawings have now been 
extended to premium nights. A sum- 
mons of arrest was served on Harry 
W. Nepo, manager of the Lindy the- 
ater, to appear tomorrow in the 
Des Plaines police court for giving 
glassware premiums to induce pa- 
trons to buy theater tickets, in vio- 
lation of a city ordinance that pro- 
hibits such practices. Premium firms 
will back Nepo in his fight against 
the measure. 

With the elimination of bank 
nights and Screeno double film bills 
are the fashion, both independents 
and big circuits switching to duals. 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.— The City 
Commission has gone on record as 
of the opinion that "bank nights" 
operated by local theaters are not 

Austin — The Texas supreme court 
has ruled that theater bank nights 
involve the lottery principle. Chief 
Justice C. M. Cureton wrote the 
opinion in the case of the city of 
Wink, Tex. vs. the Griffith Amuse- 
ment Co. 

Isaac Sichelman Dead 

Cleveland — I. J. Schmertz, local 
20th Century-Fox branch manager, 
and Mrs. Schmertz were called to 
New York to attend the funeral of 
Mrs. Schmertz's father, Isaac Sichel- 
man, who died after a brief illness. 
Sichelman had made his home with 
the Schmertzes. 


Monday, Jan. 4, 1937 



A "mU" fa*» Hollywood "Ms 




nounced by M-G-M as the direc- 
tor of Greta Garbo's next picture, 
"Madame Walewska," in which she 
will be co-starred with Charles 
Boyer. The picture is scheduled to 
get under way at Culver City early 
this month. Brown has already di- 
rected six of Miss Garbo's most suc- 
cessful pictures. "Madame Walew- 
ska," based on a novel by Waclaw 
Gasiorowski, is a story of the 
Napoleonic era dealing with the 
Polish noblewoman with whom 
Bonaparte is infatuated. 

▼ T T 

Universal's offer of a starring 
part in "Wings Over Honolulu" for 
Ray Milland, Paramount contract 
player, which removed him from the 
cast of Paramount's "Murder Goes 
to College," gave the latter part to 
Roscoe Karns, who has just com- 
pleted the title role in "Clarence." 
t ▼ T 

Maxine Reiner has signed a long- 
term contract with B. P. Schulberg, 
Paramount producer. The deal 
marks an upturn of fortune for Miss 
Reiner, who, after getting off to a 
start with Fox, joined Universal 
and encountered months of idle- 

T T ▼ 

Barbara Reed, who scored a hit 
as one of the "Three Smart Girls," 
has been assigned by Paramount to 
a leading role in the Leo McCarey 
production, "The Years Are So 
Long," in which Victor Moore and 
Beulah Bondi will be featured. 

T T T 

The entire University of Pitts- 
burgh football team, with its ac- 
companying coaches, trainers and 
newspaper men, will be the guests 
of the Warner Bros-First National 
studios at Burbank, Calif., today. 
Pat O'Brien will act as host, and 
the Rose Bowl gridiron warriors 
will visit the sets where "The Go 
Getter," "Marked Woman," "Slim" 
(Pat O'Brien's current vehicle), 
"Marry the Girl," "Her Husband's 
Secretary" and other pictures are 
now in production. This is the 
fourth consecutive year that visiting 
Rose Bowl teams from the East 
have been the guests of Warner 
Bros.-First National while in South- 
ern California for the annual East- 
West game. 

▼ t ▼ 

Terry Walker, Paramount con- 
tract actress, has been loaned to 
Douglas MacLean productions for 
the feminine lead in "23 1 / 2 Hours 
Leave." Miss Walker, under con- 
tract less than a year, has appeared 
in supporting roles in seven pro- 
ductions. She started her profes- 
sional career as a singer with dance 

T ▼ T 

Francis Sayles has been added 
to the cast of "Souls at Sea." Bud 
Flannigan, Charles Judels and 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 19 • • • 

EUGENE ZUKOR. Executive in Paramount production department, advising 

of foreign department needs. Started with Paramount in 1916 in New 

York studio publicity department. War service in 1918. In 1920, appointed 

assistant manager of Paramount's New York ex- 
change. In 1922, transferred to the home office 
to handle theater purchases. In 1924, appointed 
assistant to the president. In 1927, transferred 
to the theater department, specializing in con- 
struction and research. In 1932, became execu- 
tive member of foreign department. Likes golf 
and plays with his father, Adolph Zukor, regu- 
larly. Founded the Paramount Pep Club in 
New York City. Was recently made honorary 
vice-president of the Paramount Studio Club. 

Leora Thatcher have been given 
roles in "Swing High, Swing Low," 
which co-stars Carole Lombard and 
Fred MacMurray. Terry Ray, Nick 
Lukats, Rita Owen have been 
added to the cast of "Internes 
Can't Take Money.' - James B. Car- 
son, Tom O'Grady, Tiny Newland, 
and Edward Emerson have joined 
the cast of "Murder Goes to Col- 

T t r 

Universal has purchased John Van 
Dycke's story, "The Wildcatter," for 
early production next season. "The 
Wildcatter" is a story of oil well 
promotion and high finance just 
prior to the late Depression. 

T V T 

Walter Connolly has been as- 
signed to a featured part in Colum- 
bia's "Weather or No" in which 
Ralph Bellamy and Ida Lupino have 
top billing. Ralph Forbes has also 
been signed for this picture. Alfred 
E. Green is directing. 
▼ ▼ T 

Paul Gerard Smith has been 
signed to collaborate with Maxwell 
Shane on the script of "Radio City 
Revels," first picture to be made by 
Jesse L. Lasky under his new con- 
tract as a unit producer at RKO 

v v T 

"Radio City Revels," planned as an 
elaborate musical extravaganza, 
will bring to the screen a number 
of new personalities recruited from 
the entire field of American public 
entertainment. It is expected to 
become an annual RKO Radio pro- 

v v v 

Our Passing Show.: two Sidneys — 
Mitchell and Clare — chatting at 20th 
Century-Fox; Howard Estabrook, 
Murray Feil, Max Ree, Stanley 
Rauh, Fanya Graham at "The Great 

Charles Kenyon, who is now one 
of the New Universal's select staff 
of writers, has completed the adap- 
tation and continuity of "Delay in 
the Sun." This novel by Anthony 
Thorne was skillfully brought up to 
date by Kenyon. Although the novel 
was only written three years ago, 
much has happened in Spain in that 
time. In the original story the only 
motivation for all the difficulty was 
a bus strike. It has now become 
insurrection. Charles Kenyon also 
added several sequences of impor- 
tance to the work of R. C. Sherriff 
on "The Road Back," which James 
Whale will place in production next 

▼ ▼ v 

R. H. Alexander, Republic fran- 
chise holder in Pittsburgh, is visit- 
ing J. J. Milstein. He is an enthu- 
siastic football devotee and attended 
the Pittsburgh-Washington game at 
the Rose Bowl. 

T T T 

"Nation Aflame" is the new title 
of the Halperin Bros., picture, which 
was oi-iginally called "Avenging 

T T T 

James K. McGuinness' first pic- 
ture at M-G-M as an associate pro- 
ducer will be "Madame X", with 
Gladys George in the leading role. 

T V T 

Archie Mayo, Warner Bros, di- 
rector, now filming "Call It a Day," 
has moved into his new Beverly 
Hills home. He has sold his former 
home, in which he lived 12 years. 

▼ V T 

Robert Rossen, Warner Bros, 
scenarist, has written a play "Corner 
Pocket," which will be produced in 
New York in the spring. 

T ▼ ▼ 

Shooting on "The Prince and the 
Pauper," Mark Twain's immortal 
tale of sixteenth century boyhood, 
will be completed tomorrow. And a 

sigh of relief will go up on the lot 
on that date, for the picture has in 
the title roles Billy and Bobby 
Mauch, identical twins, who can't 
be told apart by onyone in the cast, 
so closely do they resemble each 

r ▼ T 

Production on "The Stuttering 
Bishop," Warner Bros.' screen ver- 
sion of the Erie Stanley Gardner 
mystery novel, will be completed 
within the next 10 days. Donald 
Woods appears as Perry Mason, the 
lawyer-detective, the role played in 
earlier productions by William 
Powell, Warren William and Ricardo 

T T ▼ 

Carl Harbaugh, veteran scenarist, 
has joined the writing staff of Gen- 
eral Pictures. In collaboration with 
George Waggner he will write the 
screenplay for "Three Legion- 

r v r 

Paul Muni's next starring picture 
for Warner Bros.. "The Story of 
Emile Zola," will go into production 
at Burbank, late in January. Definite 
cast announcements will be made 
within the next few days. William 
Dieterle has been assigned to direct. 

T T T 

"Trouble In Morocco," a Larry 
Darmour production for Columbia 
release, starring Jack Holt is un- 
derway with Ernest B. Schoedsack 
directing from a screenplay by Paul 
Franklin. Cast also includes: Mae 
Clarke, C. Henry Gordon, Victor 
Varconi, Paul Hurst, Harold Huber, 
and Bradley Page. Darmour expects 
to send a troupe of 100 people to 
Yuma, on location, about the middle 
of January for the outdoor se- 

▼ T T 

The final shooting scripts on four 
of Grand National's seven produc- 
tions scheduled to go before the 
cameras during the month of Jan- 
uary have been completed, 10 writ- 
ers having worked double time, 
scripts are: "23 «/ 2 Hours Leave," 
"Gold," 'Texas Terror," and 'Two 
Shall Meet." 

T ▼ T 

The last motion picture to be com- 
pleted in 1936 was, it develops, the 
Buster Keaton comedy, "Ditto" in 
which Gloria and Barbara Brewster, 
the Brewster Twins, recently placed 
under contract by Daryll Zanuck for 
20th-Century-Fox, are also pictured. 
"Ditto" is the second of three Kea- 
ton Comedies being produced by E. 
H. Allen for Educational Pictures, 
to be released by 20th-Century-Fox. 

T T T 

Final additions made to the cast 
of "When's Your Birthday?" David 
L. Loew comedy starring Joe E. 
Brown, which is to be released 
through RKO Radio are Charles 
Judells, Maria Shelton, Granville 
Bates, Bull Montana, Ruth Robin 
and Don Rowan. Harry Beaumont 
is the director. 


State Theater Company's 
Dissolution Is Approved 

Boston — Loew's Boston Theaters 
Corp. approved dissolution of the 
State Theater Company at its an- 
nual meeting. This followed simi- 
lar action taken by the stockhold- 
ers of the State Theater Company. 
The latter company will distribute 
all its rights, assets, etc., to stock- 
holders in cancellation of its out- 
standing stock. 

The net result of the transaction 
will be the transfer of the State 
Theater Co. to Loew's Boston The- 
aters Corp., since 85,038 shares of 
State Theaters outstanding 86,358 
shares are the property of Loew's. 
There is no other capital liability 

The 320 shares not held by 
Loew's will receive a little better 
than $17 per share in the liquida- 
tion. All directors were re-elected 
in Loew's Boston Theaters Corp. 

Ellisburg Heads CAPA 

Chicago — Herbert Ellisburg, of 
the Essanees Theaters was unani- 
mously elected president of the Chi- 
cago Amusement Publicists Associa- 
tion. Larry Stein, Warner Theaters 
publicity chief, was named vice- 
president; Cal Hermer, of Box Ofice, 
secretary; Harry Smythe, of Affili- 
ated Enterprises, treasurer; Sidney 
Stein, of General Film, sergeant-at- 
arms, and Ted Morris, publicity 
chief. The organization is moving 
into larger quarters at the Hotel 

The Foreign Field 

♦ ♦ News Flashes from All Parts of the Globe ♦ ♦ 

Irish Theaters for the Irish 

Dublin — The Irish Cinema and 
Theater Ass'n, which includes about 
50 per cent of the exhibitors in the 
Irish Free State and responsible for 
about 80 per cent of the turnover, 
and the National Agricultural and 
Industrial Development Ass'n has 
submitted to the Ministry of In- 
dustry and Commerce, a memoran- 
dum asking that the Free State 
government declare its opposition 
to the operation of the theater in- 
dustry in Ireland by British inter- 

Releasing Through Wardour 

London — Julius Hagen has com- 
pleted a deal with John Maxwell 
whereby his pictures will be dis- 
tributed by Wardour Films. By the 
new arrangement, Hagen will pro- 
duce 12 big pictures, perhaps more, 
a year for five years, confining his 
own activities to the production side 
of the business. Beginning the first 
of the year Wardour Films will also 
distribute the Twickenham Film 
Distributors' schedule, the latter dis- 
banding its sales force. 

RKO Gets Java Films 

London — Phil Reisman of RKO 
Radio states that RKO will dis- 
tribute the Javanese pictures to be 

produced on that island by the re- 
cently organized Algemeen Neder- 
landsch Indsch Film Syndicat 
through a contract closed in Batavia 
by Reginald Armour, RKO's Far 
Eastern general manager. 

30 Odeons in Year 

London — Oscar Deutsch added 30 
new Odeons to his circuit during the 
year 1936. The last ones to be 
opened for the year were the Odeons 
at Portsmouth and Falmouth. In 
addition to the 30 new theaters, 
Deutsch obtained control of a num- 
ber of old theaters which he recon- 
ditioned. More new Odeons are pro- 
jected for 1937. 

London Films' Loss 

London — London Films Produc- 
tions suffered a loss of $1,650,000 
for the year ending May 2, 1936. 

Urge French Film Bank 

Paris — The Groupe de Defense du 
Cinema de la Chambre, at its first 
meeting, took under consideration 
the matter of appealing to M. Jean 
Zay, Minister of Education, in the 
matter of creating a French film 
bank for state financial aid in the 
production of pictures. Such a proj- 
ect is expected to be submitted to 
Parliament by February. 

Monday, Jan. 4, 1937 

Six WB-FN Features Set 

For Release in January 

Warner Bros. — First National will 
release six features during January, 
the company's home office announced 

The features are: 

"Smart Blonde" (WB) with Glen- 
da Farrell, Barton MacLane, Wini- 
fred Shaw and Craig Reynolds, 
(Jan. 2); "Guns Of The Pecos" 
(FN) with Dick Foran and Anne 
Nagel (Jan. 2) ; "Sing Me a Love 
Song" (FN-Cosmopolitan) with 
James Melton, Patricia Ellis, and 
Hugh Herbert (Jan. 9); "God's 
Country and The Woman" (WB) in 
Technicolor, featuring George Brent 
and Beverly Roberts (Jan. 16) ; 
"Once A Doctor" (FN) with Jean 
Muir and Donald Woods (Jan. 23); 
and "Black Legion" (WB) with 
Humphrey Bogart, Dick Foran, Erin 
O'Brien-Moore and Ann Sheridan 
(Jan. 30). 

Court Okays Reorg. Plan 

Boston — Judge McLellan approved 
the Boston Metropolitan Buildings, 
Inc., plan of reorganization. Undei 
its terms, New England Theaters, 
Inc., acquires the lease of the Met- 
ropolitan Theater for a period of 10 
years from April 1, 1935, with the 
right to cancel upon one year's no- 
tice after April 1, 1938. 

Wood to See Bermuda 

Cleveland — P. J. Wood, secretary 
of the Independent Theater Owners 
of Ohio, will leave shortly for a two 
weeks' vacation in Bermuda. 




(Continued from Page 1) 

ministration. Revival of Neely- 
Pettengill measure to prohibit block 
booking appeared relatively certain, 
with Allied supporting bill in face 
of distributor opposition. 

$ $ $ 

Interest centered on operating realignments 
o£ Paramount and Warner Bros. Former 
plans to realize large annual saving as result 
of refunding set-up under which $3,500,000 
of coast studio bonds and $5,000,000 bonds 
of British companies have been refunded at 
3 per cent and some additional $35,000,000 
of bonds of the company and subsidiaries will 
be refinanced, probably at same rate. Nego- 
tiations are also under way for refunding of 
$20,000,000 of company's 6 per cent deben- 
tures and of subsidiary issues. Warners, 
which has been planning refunding opera- 
tions, is also expected to reduce carrying 
charges by new financing at lower rates. 

* * * 

U. S. exhibitors got $917,129 in repair 
loans and $590,395 more for equipment in 
first 11 months of 1936. according to an- 
nouncement by Federal Housing Administra- 

* * * 

20th Century-Fox, it was learned, has 
served notice on Gaumont British that under 
physical distribution deal with that company 
it will be unable to handle any foreign pic- 
tures except the actual GB product in Amer- 
ica. Decision automatically bans distributing 
of John Maxwell's B.I. P. product in future 
through 20th Cenutry-Fox branches, and 
means that new distribution arrangements 
accordingly may have to be made on at least 

13 British-made features for 1937-38 season. 

* * # 

George E. Quigley. general counsel for 
British and French group acquiring control 
of Keller-Dorian Colorfilm Corp., was re- 
ported set to sail tomorrow for London and 
Paris to complete matters in connection with 
changeover which is slated for consumma- 
tion by middle of January. 

That Erpi paid for and holds $2,000,000 of 
Universal debentures was revealed by Samuel 
Becker, special counsel for Federal Com- 
munications Commission, in questioning Whit- 
ford Drake. Erpi executive vice-president, at 
the FCC investigation of A. T. & T. and its 
subsidiaries. Eastman Kodak, Drake said, 
had purchased $1,000,000 of debentures, and 
that English group headed by Lord Portal 
had bought $2,000,000 worth. Standard 
Capital and Charles R. Rogers put up be- 
tween $300,000 and $400,000. 

* * * 

Another revelation anent FCC investiga- 
tion of A. T. & T. was letter written Dec. 
7, 1933, by John E. Otterson, then Erpi presi- 
dent, to Edgar S. Bloom, president of West- 
ern Electric stating that the telephone com- 
pany through Erpi was then and had been in 
position for three or four years previous to 
control motion picture industry without invest- 
ing any additional money. 

* * # 

Other noteworthy items included fact that 
85 per cent of nation's 14,500 film theaters 
are playing double bills. This represents 
marked gain. Previous estimates placed 
houses using duals at some 8,000. Of total 
playing time, 83 per cent is given over, it 
is said, to features. . . . Film theaters in 
Canada have increased from total of 833 to 

1,033 in 1936, data reaching Motion Picture 
Distributors and Exhibitors' Ass'n of Canada 
shows. . . . Over Christmas holiday week 
box-office took in from 10 to 25 per cent more 
than year ago, according to revised check- 
ups. . . . On Thursday, Universal Pictures 
Corp. was dissolved at Albany and all assets 
were taken over by Universal Pictures Co., 
Inc., control of which is vested in Universal 
Corp. The long-planned move raises ef- 
ficiency of company operations by definitely 
simplifying former complex corporate struc- 
ture. . . . Position of 5 national distributing 
companies as to M.P.T.O.A. 10-point trade 
practice program is expected to be made 
known in next 2 weeks. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

strictions, particularly pertaining to 
withdrawals of film revenues from 

Report from Assistant Trade Commissioner 
Henry E. Stebbins at London to Commerce 
Department at Washington held that British 
Broadcasting Corporation's twice-daily tele- 
vision broadcasts are only moderately suc- 
cessful, with technical difficulties and framing 
of suitable types of programs presenting per- 
sistent problems. 

Despite efforts on part of Mexican film 
distributors to end double censorship on all 
pictures, both local-made and foreign, only 
concession authorities have made is that both 
censor bodies, Council of the Secretaria de 
Gobernacion and Reviewing Board of the 
Central Department for Mexico City and 
Federal District areas, will pass on films at 

same screenings. Unofficial censorship is also 
imposed by Mexican Federation of Workers. 

* * * 

London cable had it that for first time 
since Nell Gwynne's day. the portrait of an 
actress crashed exhibit of Royal Society of 
Portrait Painters. It was canvas by Sir John 
Lavery of Shirley Temple. Sir John also 
appears in same painting. 

* * * 

Returning to British metropolis from U. S. 
visit. Herbert Wilcox announced he would 
probably do some producing in Hollywood. 
He has scheduled the all-color feature, "The 
Blue Lagoon," for shooting at American film 
capital this year . . . "Green Pastures" had 
record-breaking first week at London's New 
Gallery Theater, exceeding by several hun- 
dred pounds the take of either "Captain 
Blood" or "Louis Pasteur." Picture is set 
for indefinite run. . . . J. L. Baird gave 
demonstration at Dominion Theater of direct 
television transmission without use of film. 
Images were reproduced on screen 8 ft. by 
6V2 ft. Experimental showing followed 
months of secret research and development. 
London trade journals hailed results as "ex- 
tremely good.'' 

* * * 

Hamburg, Germany, flashed news first in- 
ternational congress of Technicolor will be 
held there from May 15-22, 1937. Specialists 
in making of color pictures are -expected to 
attend from many parts of world. . . . In- 
sight into growth of German film attendance 
and box-office receipts was supplied by sta- 
tistics gathered by Institute of Economical 
Research showing grosses since 1933 have 
increased 42 per cent while number of patrons 
is up 33 per cent. 


936 FILM HISTORY MAKERS- ST £,.% <s?li£J 

ntimate in Character 
nternational in Scope 
ndependent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 


OL. 71. NO. 3 



r orecast $2,500,000 1936 Net Profit for RKO Radio 

;ee only indirect film industry legislation 

936 is Called Biggest Year of the British Film Industry 

Names of '36 

. . . They Made Film History 

l S THAT Young Hopeful, Nineteen 
* Thirty-seven, gets his bearings, pre- 
ratory to going places and doing things, 
ie Film Daily today casts one more edi- 
rial glance at 1936 to identify, for pos- 
rity, those industry figures who, by their 
•eds, made history in the 12 months 

It is an impressive roster, impressive in 
"names," impressive as well in its chron- 
e of achievements. 

In perhaps no other field is it so essen- 
al that the key executives and their 
■ mediate subordinates show progress day 

Lday, week by week and month by 
nth, if leadership is to be maintained. 

"HE status quo may be acceptable in 
other lines where the competition is 
it so keen and the pace not so swift. 
Jt in the amusement business generally, 
id in the film industry specifically, the 
arus quo is not enough. There must be 

Progress in terms of problems solved, 
id each 24 hours brings its own prob- 
ms, the changing scene being as unstable 
the public's fancy itself. And remem- 
ir that public fancy largely is the film 

In the record of the 1936 history makers, 
few omissions probably will be noted, 
ie in part to non-availability of pictures 
' inherent modesty which has kept some 
Jt of the headlines and the spotlight, 
enerally, however, the field has been fully 

'HAT 1936 was a year of opportunity 
is graphically demonstrated by the 
arked increase in the number of history 
akers. The list in 1935 filled six pages, 
hile to accommodate the 1936 array, eight 
ages are required. 

That, incidentally, constitutes the per- 

fct tribute to the calibre of industry lead- 

Progress in Production a 

Feature; Attendance is 



Managing Editor of 
London — Looking back over the 
past months I should say 1936 has 
been probably the biggest year in 
the history of the British film in- 

Certainly, at no time since its in- 
ception has it made greater progress 
as regards production — theaters — 
and studios — for whereas months ago 
Britain was decidedly badly off for 
(Continued on Page 36) 


I MAR. 16-18 

March 16-18, inclusive, have ten- 

j tatively been set as the dates for 

the annual convention of the M. P. 

T. 0. A. at Miami. Members of the 

(Continued on Page 36) 

Pa. State Amusement Tax 
Re-enactment to be Urged 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Continuing re- 
quirements for unemployment relief 
in this state will serve as the chief 
argument for the re-enactment of 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Flu May Close Theaters 

Denver — Theaters may be forced to 
close for a time because of a flu epi- 
demic, health officials intimate. The 
epidemic has filled local hospitals, 
caused a shortage of nurses and forced 
doctors to work overtime. Public and 
parochial schools of Denver and some 
of the surrounding counties were given 
an extra week's vacation because of 
the epidemic, although all colleges 
opened as scheduled. 


Plans for setting up GB ex- 
changes throughout the United 
States will be further developed fol- 
lowing return of Arthur A. Lee, 
vice-president of the company, and 
Maurice Ostrer, assistant managing 
director of the British GB organiza- 
tions, to New York Thursday from 
Miami. As yet, no date for changing 

(Continued on Page 25) 

"After the Thin Man" 

Topping Predecessor 

M-G-M's "After the Thin Man", 
currently playing in 42 first-run the- 
aters, is attracting "spectacular 
business", the Loew home office an- 
nounced last night. 

In 39 of these 42 spots the new 

(Continued on Page 25) 

Subsidiaries' Dividends Are Expected 
To Boost Last Quarter RKO Earnings 

Kallet to Add 10 Houses 
to Central N. Y. Circuit 

Oneida — Purchase or construction 
of 10 additional playhouses in Cen- 
tral New York, reopening of two- 
theaters now dark, and reconstruc- 
tion and redecoration of a number 
(Continued on Page 25) 

RKO will show a net profit of $2,- 
500,000 for the 12 months of 1936 
by present indications, Film Daily 
is advised. The company had a net 
profit of $1,446,000 for the first nine 
months to Sept. 26 last. 

The last quarter gross has been 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Congress Not Expected to 

Pass Direct-at-lndustry 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — As Congress pre- 
pares to go into session tomorrow, 
circles which are generally well-in- 
formed on film-governmental affairs 
are strongly inclined to the opinion 
that whatever legislation affecting 
the motion picture industry is 
enacted will be indirect and not di- 
rect in nature. These sources feel 
certain that no bills directly aimed 
at the film business will receive any 
substantial support during the com- 
ing session. 

Passage of some sort of a meas- 
(Continued on Pane 3) 


Film critics representing the 
New York newspapers selected as 
the best picture of the year Colum- 
bia's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." 
They voted the best performance 
by an actress that of Luise Ranier 
in M-G-M's "Great Ziegfeld", giv- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Stern RKO Motion to be 

Heard in Court Jan. 14 

Motion by Ernst W. Stern of Mil- 
waukee to have his claim as holder 
of 1234 shares of Class A stock of 
RKO be allowed with full prefer- 
ences as set forth in the Class A 

(Continued on Page 25) 

That "Free Show" Urge 

Anaylzing New Year's Eve trade in 
Broadway theaters, John Wright, man- 
ager of the Rivoli, yesterday expressed 
the opinion that grosses were retarded 
by the fact that the crowds were out 
for whatever free entertainment could 
be obtained and put off actually spend- 
ing money until they had tired of par- 
ading up and down the street. 




Tuesday, Jan. 5, 193" 


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High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 23% 23% 23y 4 — % 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 34% 34% 343/4 — % 
Columbia Picts. pfd. 43 42 43 + 1/4 

Con. Fm. Ind 5% 5 5% — % 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd.. 17 16% 17 

East. Kodak 

do pfd 

Gen. Th. Eq 30 2914 293/ 4 — 3/ 8 

Loew's, Inc 65 64% 64%— % 

do pfd 

Paramount 243/ 8 23 Vi 24% 

Paramount 1st pfd. 170 166 170 — % 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 22 21% 22 + 14 

Pathe Film 10% 9% 9% + % 

RKO 83/ 8 7T/ 8 83/ 8 + % 

20 Century-Fox . . . 347/ 8 34% 3434 — % 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 43 43 43 — % 

Univ. Pict. pfd 102 100 100 —2 

Warner Bros 17% 17 17%— % 

do pfd 67% 677/ 8 67% + 7/ g 


Keith A-0 6s46 ... . 98% 98 98 — % 

Loew 6s41ww 101% 101 101% + % 

Tara. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55. . . 100% 100% 100% 

RKO 6s41 116 116 116 + % 

Warner's 6s39 99% 99 99 Vi + % 


Columbia Picts. vtc ■ .... 

Grand Nat'l Films.. 3% 33/ 8 33/ 8 — % 

Sonotone Corp 2 2 2 + % 

Technicolor 21 20% 203/ 4 — 14 

Trans-Lux 43/ 8 43/ 8 43/ 8 — % 


Edward Sutherland 

Alfred C. Goldreyer 

Flora Schikler 

George Magrill 

Jack Ackroyd 

Myer P. Beck New Publicity Stadium-Orpheum Hearing 

Manager for United Artists 

Myer P. Beck has taken over the 
publicity managership of United 
Artists under Monroe W. Greenthal, 
advertising and publicity director, 
this week. 

Other changes in the department 
have occurred, with Louis Berg in 
charge of the writing staff and Ar- 
thur Jeffrey handling newspaper 

Two Plays, Single Film 

On Gordon-Goetz Agenda 

Current season stage producing 
activities of Max Gordon and Harry 
Goetz will be confined to "The Wo- 
men," hit current at the Belmont, 
and "Othello," Walter Huston pro- 
duction which opens at the New 
Amsterdam tomorrow. The company 
will produce a picture based on the 
former play during the 1937-38 sea- 
son but has no intention of filming 
the Shakespearean show. 

Oscar Serlin Quits Para. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Following a dis- 
agreement over production policy on 
"Artists and Models," which he was 
to have made for Paramount, Oscar 
Serlin resigned as associate pro- 

to Wait Upon Appraisal 

Hearing before Referee Ehrhorn 
on the proposal that Stadium The- 
aters, an RKO subsidiary, acquire 
the assets of the Orpheum Circuit 
for $700,000 cash and other consid- 
erations has been postponed pend- 
ing submission of an order for ap- 
praisal of the properties which the 
Referee has said he favors. The 
appraisal will take several weeks 
and no action on the RKO offer will 
be taken until after the appraisal is 
made, it is expected. 

Texas Theater Dark Eight 
Years to be Operated Again 

Floydada, Tex. — Jack Deakins, 
operating the Palace here, will soon 
reopen a second theater which has 
been dark since 1929. 

Krellberg Takes Belmont 

S. S. Krellberg, has taken over 
operation of the Belmont Theater, 
long a legitimate playhouse, and will 
reopen it shortly as a first-run film 
house showing foreign and English 
pictures. Opening attraction will be 
announced in a few days. Edward 
Kern, press agent for the Filmarte 
Theater, will handle publicity for 
the Belmont. 

Coming and Going 

BERT MAYERS has gone to Florida from 
New York for a vacation. 

SOPHIE TUCKER leaves New York today for 
Chicago to play a week's engagement at the 
Oriental before going to the coast to do a 
starring role in "Broadway Melody of 1937." 

HELEN HOERLE has gone to Clayton, Mo. 
from New York. 

JOSEPH MOSKOWITZ leaves New York Fri- 
day for Hollywood. 

WELDON HEYBURN leaves New York late 
this week for the coast. 

EDWARD ALPERSON goes to Hollywood next 
week from New York. 

JOHN D. CLARK is scheduled to leave New 
York for Hollywood in two weeks. 

BARNEY BRISKIN, who is now in New 
York, returns to the coast late this week. 

BEN PROULX, Paramount's Singapore man- 
ager who is now in Ottawa, comes to New 
York within a few days. 

LARRY STARBUCK has returned to Hollywood 
from New York. 

E. W. HAMMONS has returned to New York 
from Canada. 

NORMAN LOUDON left New York yesterday 
for Hollywood. 

JOHN CECIL GRAHAM has gone to Holly- 
wood after arriving in New York from London. 

SONJA HEN IE, will leave New York this 
morning to begin a skating exhibition tour, 
appearing in Providence tomorrow and in Pitts- 
burgh Jan. 9.-11. 

TYRONE POWER is back in Hollywood, hav- 
ing flown back to the film capital after a 
week's vacation in New York, and begins to- 
day the leading male role in "Cafe Metro- 

DR. HERBERT ERLANGER, counsel for War- 
ner Brothers; NOAH BEERY, screen actor; and 

the Moscow Cathedral Choir, under direction 
of NICHOLAS AFONSKY, sail for Europe today 
on the Champlain. 

ROY DEL RUTH is making plans to spend 
at least two weeks in New York, his first 
vacation in over ten years. 

REGINALD WILSON, central district manager 
for GB, has returned to his territory after 
10 days in New York. 

PHIL REISMAN, RKO Radio foreign sales 
manager, leaves New York today for a four- 
month trip with Sydney, Australia, as his ulti- 
mate destination. He sails on the Berengaria 
for London. 

are due in New York Thursday from the Coast. 

turn to New York Thursday from Miami. 

WILLIAM FERGUSON has gone to Detroit 
from New York. 

DAVID SAMUELS, player agent who re- 
cently dissolved the Samuels-Freedman Agency 
while in Hollywood, has returned to New York 
from the Coast. 

SYLVIA SIDNEY, following a change of plan 
to remain in New York for opening of "You 
Only Live Once" which succeeds "Beloved 
Enemy" at the Rivoli, left yesterday for 

ANDREW W. SMITH, general sales man- 
ager of UA, returned to home office yester- 
day from Havana. 

GEORGE J. SCHAEFER, UA vice-president 
in charge of distribution, is back at his desk 
after being confined to his home by illness 
during past week. 

MONROE GREENTHAL, UA publicity-adver- 
tising head, returned to New York yesterday 
from a cruise to Cuba. 

HY DAAB, director of advertising-publicity- 
exploitation for Columbia, is expected to re- 
turn to work today. He was ill over week-end. 

Chicago Theaters Resuming' 
Bank Night; Writ is Leve 

Chicago — Balaban and Katz, th 
Warner circuit and many indepen 
dent theaters will continue Banl 
Night, using the Iris theater injunc 
tion as a lever despite Corporatio* 
Counsel Barnet Hodes' assertion th 
city will continue its campaign. 

Pittsburgh — A new check-u} 
among theaters in this area re 
veals that $25,000 in cash is bein t 
awarded weekly through a numbe 
of cash giveaway features. Opera 
tors of Bank Night, the leader i 
this field, distribute $15,000 weekly- 
Art England, local representative 

Balaban and Katz Take 

Grand National Lineu 

Grand National has sold its cu 
rent season lineup to the Balaba> 
& Katz circuit in Chicago and th;i 
Cagney picture, "Great Guy," it 11 
slated to open in B. & K. hous< 1 
Jan. 22. 

Other film deals recently close 
by Grand National include the fo 
lowing circuits: Ike Libson, Come 
ford, John Harris, Huffman, Fc 
West Coast and Golden states. 

'Roxy's" Memorial Stone 
to be Unveiled on Sunda 

Friends of the late S. L. "Roxjia 
Rothafel will attend the unveilir ; 
of a memorial stone next Sunday ; . 
2 P. M. at the cemetery of the Cei 
tral Synagogue, 52-22 Metropolis 
Ave., Ridgewood, L. I. Should tl 
weather be inclement, the unveilir 
will be postponed one week. 

John Dowd Weds Thursda 

John Dowd, RKO Theaters pu 
licity and advertising chief, will 
married Thursday to Muriel Gersi 
at the Little Church Around ti 
Corner. The couple will sail Satu 
day for a Bermuda vacation. 

Maury M. Cohen Joins RK ( ! 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAII 

Hollywood — Maury M. Cohen h 

signed a seven-year contract as ; 

associate producer at RKO Rad: 

Jan. 7: Inauguration of the Adolph Zu 
Silver Jubilee Sales Drive. 

Jan. 8-10: Paramount production conferen 
Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. 

Jan. 9: Stagehands Union ball, Hotel T. 
New Haven. 

Jan. 16: I.T.O.A. annual party, the Wald 
Astoria, New York. 

Jan. 25: Kansas City (Mo.) Variety Club b 

Pla Mor ballroom. 
Feb. 3: Motion Picture Research Counc 

benefit performance of Ballet Russe, O 

land, Cal. 
Feb. 13: Columbian Club formal dance, W 

April 9: Annual ball of the Press Pho 

graphers at the Hotel Commodore. 

sdav. Jjn.5. 193 7 


3 'aramount executives and theater 
tners are converging in Los An- 
| es for the annual production eon- 
nce to be held at the Ambassa- 
hotel Friday and Saturday. Wil- 
li Le Baron, managing director of 
, , duction, will conduct the meet- 
i -s, with special sessions in charge 
) president Barney Balaban, Adolph 
J | cor, chairman of the board, and 
1 F. Agnew, vice-president in 
| [ige of sales. 

i} x special survey of Paramount's 
duct for 1937-38 will be made and 
?rest will be focused on such pro- 
tions as "The Buccaneer," "Men 
:h Wings," "Victor Herbert," 
ue Long Traverse," "Show Busi- 
s," "Beyond Sound of Machine 
i" and "Artists and Models." 
a Executives of the studio who will 
I ;nd include Adolph Zukor, Eugene 
:or, William LeBaron, A. M. Bots- 
jd, Harold Hurley, Bogart Rogers, 
- Lazarus, C. J. Dunphy, Fred 
:«Lhy, Mel Shauer, George Bagnall, 
Martin, Henry Herzbrun, Jacob 
, Manny Wolfe, Boris Morros 
| Sam Frey. 
Executives from New York will 
ude Barney Balaban, Neil Ag- 
/, J. J. Unger, Charles Reagan, 
. esell Holman, Austin Keough, 
divert M. Gillham, Y. Frank Free- 
i, Albert Deane, George Weltner, 
: n Hicks, Jr., Milton Kusell, John 
x(i.ham and Walter Cokell. 
i'aramount's theater associates 
will at end include John Bala- 
IL Chicago; E. V. Richards, New 
<*eans; Karl Hoblitzelle, Dallas; N. 
s'Mathanson, Toronto; Frank Wal- 
. New York; M. A. Schlessinger, 
, annesburg, South Africa; Sam 
itoanski, Boston; Martin Mullin, 
ton; A. H. Blank, Des Moines; 
B. Wilby, Atlanta; J. J. Fitzgib- 
Toronto; Sam Goldstein, 
•ringfield, Mass., and M. A. Light- 

(jne In A Million's" Record 

One In A Million", has smashed 

H year attendance records at the 

, y Theater since its opening 

rsday, the management announc- 

'esterday. In the first four days 

■ Its engagement, the picture drew 

134 spectators. 



.3 Ud AGENT 

*,'; Bette Davis has become an expert 
litter. Between sets she is devoting 
rself to the job of finishing a couple 
I »K- sweaters.— WARNER BROS. 




T T T 

• • • THERE MUST be romance in the theater biz in 

Hillsboro, New Hampshire where three theater managers 

have been married in less than four months a double 

wedding occurred a few days ago, with Louis Sage, theater man- 
ager, and Albert Sharby, a theater manager in Brattleboro, 

Vermont, getting spliced Sharby was the first manager of 

the Hillsboro theater, and was succeeded by his brother Will, 
who was married last September Sage took over the the- 
ater management last October 

• • • VIEWS OF the "sit-down" strikers in the General 
Motors labor war will appear in the Paramount newsreel re- 
leased tomorrow Editor A. J. Richards received about 600 

feet of film on the strike subject from cameraman Fred Fel- 

binger of the Chi office Felbinger advised that he had to 

smuggle the camera and sound recording equipment in and out 
of one of the Michigan auto plants 

• • • ON THE radio the other nite Edwin Arnold 

did a swell dramatic scene from his forthcoming pix, "John 
Meade's Woman" one of the finest dramatic bits on the air 

that has come to this listener's ears Conrad Nagel was 

the emcee on the program, and was also aces 

• • • THE CIVIC authorities are giving a lot of hearty 

cooperation to Grand National's "Great Guy" starring 

James Cagney because the great guy plays the role of a 

crusading inspector of the Weights and Measures Dep't against 
racketeers in the short weight field 

• • • GOING HIGHBROW on the boys, Bob Faber over 
at National Screen has had an article accepted by Scribner's 
he has several other scripts at the William Morris Agency, 
on which he collaborated with Sig Maitles ... • Henry J. 
Reiner of National Screen bobbed up with a son on Sunday, 
whose name will be Richard, named after his great-grandfather 
on his mother's side the great-grand-daddy was some guy, 
but Henry couldn't just recall what made him great 

• • • WE ARE glad to note that Tom McNamara, the 
originator of the "Our Gang" comedies and celebrated cartoon- 
ist, is creating quite a furore with his new type of drawings 
in Bob Wagner's "Script" the weekly Coast mag . . . 

• Seen at the new spot, Cordon Rouge, on West 58th Street, 
were Stanley Smith, Dorothy Burgess, Lori Bara and Bill Roths- 
child ... • At the Circus Saints and Sinners monthly meeting 
they will make former mayor Jimmy Walker a member 

• • • PLENTY OF funny business is anticipated in Sac- 
ramento, California, with Robert E. Knopp, May P. Baumgart- 
ner and Laurena Wood, all from Los Angeles, incorporating in 
the serious business of dealing professionally with jokes, puns, 
skits, etc., under the name of Funny Business, Inc. 

• • • FOLLOWING A record-breaking New Year's Eve 
biz, the Roxy opened Friday morn and attracted a total of 23,- 
179 patrons during the 12 hours the b.o. was open the at- 
traction is the 20th Century-Fox "One In A Million" ... • Of 
the pix that played the Music Hall during 1936, RKO Radio 
holds the record for. the number of attractions which have 

scored three-week runs they were "Follow the Fleet," 

"Mary of Scotland," and "Swing Time." 

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(Ccntinuel from Page 1) 

ure regulating working hours, mini- 
mum wages and fair trade practices, 
applicable to all industries, seems 
highly probable. Another measure 
which will be given serious consid- 
eration is the Patman bill, which 
would prevent manufacturers from 
operating retail stores. This bill, 
according to reliable sources, would 
cause producers to divorce their the- 
ater holdings and, declare these same 
quarters, would also prohibit exhi- 
bitors from holding stock in produc- 
ing companies. 

Introduction of a bill amending 
the copyright laws is also regarded 
as certain. In many respects, this 
measure will resemble the Duffy 
bill, which passed the Senate at its 
last session but died thereafter. Al- 
lied is expected to re-introduce its 
Neely-Pettengill bill outlawing block 
booking, as well as sponsor other 

Pa. State Amusement Tax 
Re-enactment to be Urged 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

the state amusement tax, among 
others, during the new session of 
the legislature which convenes here 
today. The tax which levies one 
cent for eacth 25-cent admission was 
originally scheduled to expire July 
22, 1937. 

Leo Hoyt Fire Victim 

Leo Hoyt, 58, veteran actor, was 
burned to death in a rooming house 
firt at 47 West 75th street. 

Hoyt was a brother of Jack Pu- 
laski, reporter and critic of "Var- 
iety." Also surviving are four other 
brothers, Elias Pulaski, a Christian 
Science practitioner, and Stanley 
Pulaski, both of New York; Albert 
Pulaski, of Boston, and Harold Pu- 
laski, of Worcester, Mass., and two 
sisters, Mrs. Mimi Hyman and Mrs. 
Alice P. Glazer, former wife of Bar- 
ney Glazer. 

Beatrice Blinn Recovers 

Beatrice Blinn, appearing in 
"Stage Door," is back in the show 
after recovering from the flu. 




In October, 1936, France bought four 
standard gauge motion picture cam- 
eras and 1,044 sub-standard gauge mo- 
tion picture cameras from the United 




Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 


FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Mexico City — On the release date 
of Cinematografica Latino Ameri- 
cana, S. A.'s first production, "Va- 
monos con Pancho Villa!" (Let's go 
with Pancho Villa!) completed al- 
most a year ago, the company, 
Mexico's most ambitious producing 
and distributing concern, dismissed 
all but a few of its studio and of- 
fice employees and prepared to close 
up shop. Suspension was due to lack 
of capital, it was said. 

CLASA, having started opera- 
tions with a complete technical staff, 
more than 20 players under con- 
tract, its own studios and labora- 
tories, and its own editorial, art and 
publicity departments; was regarded 
as an attempt to establish the Mex- 
ican motion picture industry on a 
large scale. 

On his return recently from a 
three-month trip to New York and 
Los Angeles, CLASA's President, 
Alberto Ricardo Pani, son of a for- 
mer Secretary of the Treasury, an- 
nounced that he had secured Ameri- 
can financial backing for his 1937 
production plans which included the 
making of no less than 12 feature- 
length pictures in Spanish. Nego- 
tiations, however, broke down in the 
last fortnight, and CLASA found 
itself unable to go on. 

A number of CLASA's employees 
are threatening to bring suit against 
it for non-payment of back salaries 
and for the compensation required 
by Mexico's Labor laws, which 
amounts to three-months salary. 

Cinematografica Latino Ameri- 
cana, S. A. was founded over two 
years ago by a group of Mexican 
business men, although plans for the 
company were originally laid out by 
one of the most experienced of Mex- 
ican producer-distributors who sub- 
sequently was bought out of the firm. 
CLASA was worth 500,000 pesos on 
its inception, and now is said to 
represent an investment of close to 
2,000,000 pesos. 

The company has a one-stage stu- 
dio between Tlalpam and Mexico 
City, with two more stages and an 
office building in process of con- 
struction. It has produced only two 
pictures, "Vamonos con Pancho Vil- 
la!" and "Su Gran Aventura" ("His 
Big Romance"), latter yet to be re- 

Through a contract signed a year 
ago, CLASA was successful in in- 
troducing the pictures of CIFESA, 
Spain's most important producing 
organization, and has been releasing 
them ever since with extremely good 
returns. However, CLASA's disap- 
pearing from the Mexican motion 
picture field may also mark 
CIFESA's exit. 

Sunday Biz Up 20 P. C. 

Pittsburgh — Sunday movie busi- 
ness improved over 20 per cent since 
Sabbath shows were legalized in 
this territory. 

liomws of View fitm* 

Errol Flynn and Anita Louise in 



Margaret Lindsay, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, 

Walter Abel, Henry O'Neill 


Warner Bros. 85 mins. 


This picture reflects much credit on all 
concerned in its making and has been 
handled with taste and distinction. Under 
Frank Borzage's fine, sensitive direction, 
Lloyd Douglas' novel has been treated in- 
telligently and the picturization is con- 
vincing. Although the story emphasizes the 
power of faith, the picture never becomes 
a preachment. Errol Flynn does outstanding 
work as a young surgeon, who, to save 
an older doctor, Henry O'Neill, takes the 
blame for the death of a patient, Spring 
Byington. Sir Cedric Hardwicke was a happy 
choice for the difficult role of the minister, 
who has so much influence on the central 
characters of the story. Anita Louise, 
daughter of Spring Byington, and Margaret 
Lindsay, a nurse, as rivals for Flynn's love, 
do fine work. Walter Abel, Henry O'Neill 
and Spring Byington are excellent. When 
O'Neill refuses to admit his negligence killed 
the patient on the operating table, Flynn 
is blamed and asked to resign from his 
hospital's staff. Anita is bitter toward him, 
until she learns of his fine character and 
sacrifices. Flynn goes to Montana to aid 
Abel, a bacteriologist, in fighting spotted 
fever. He infects himself to find a vaccine 
against the disease. Anita goes West to 
see him. Margaret and O'Neill follow when 
they learn of his critical illness. His life 
is saved — and Margaret graciously steps 
aside in favor of Anita. Much praise is due 
Milton Krims for his screenplay. Henry 
Blanke deserves a low and sweeping bow 
as associate producer. 

Cast: Errol Flynn, Anita Louise, Margaret 
Lindsay, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Henry 
O'Neill, Spring Byington, Erin O'Brien- 
Moore, Henry Kolker, Pierre Watkin, Gran- 
ville Bates, Russell Simpson, Myrtle Sted- 
man, and St. Luke's Choristers. 

Producer, Hal B. Wallis; Associate Pro- 
ducer, Henry Blanke; Director, Frank Bor- 
zage; Author, Lloyd C. Douglas; Screenplay, 
Milton Krims; Cameraman, Byron Haskin; 
Editor, James Gibbons; Music, Max Steiner. 

Direction, Sensitive. Photography, Excel- 

Yellow Dogs Find Kennel 

Denver — Club rooms for the Yel- 
low Dog chapter will be opened 
soon on the second floor of the 
Brown Palace hotel. 

Hold Over Pons Pix 

"That Girl From Paris," the Lily 
Pons starring picture released by 
RKO Radio will be held over at the 
Music Hall for a second week. 

B. O. Healthy In New Orleans 

New Orleans — Theaters went 
into the new year with the heaviest 
holiday and post holiday business 
they have had since prosperity hid 
around a corner. 

Jeanne Dante in 


Universal 62 mins. 


Adapted from the novel of A. A. Milne, 
this one is intended to be a light comedy 
of love, with a murder mystery background. 
But it fails to jell as anything important, 
managing to score a few light laughs here 
and there. An attempt was made to put 
over Jeanne Dante as a new screen find, 
but the 13-year-old from the stage did not 
come through very sensationally. She is 
just another sweet young thing, according 
to anything she shows in this production. 
The girl flees from the city, after believing 
that she will be accused of her aunt's 
accidental death following a quarrel with 
the old lady. She runs off to a small town, 
where she meets the young brother of a 
novelist who becomes mixed up in the 
proceedings. Her best friend is the sec- 
retary to this novelist. Eventually they all 
land in the town, while the city newspapers 
are carrying all sorts of sensational stories 
about the young fugitive being a murderess. 
What makes this story too trivial for intel- 
ligent audiences is the fact that the "four 
days' wonder" ceases the minute the young 
girl tells the pursuing detective how her 
aunt dies in an accident. 

Cast: Jeanne Dante, Kenneth Howell, 
Martha Sleeper, Alan Mowbray, Walter 
Catlett, Charles Williams, Margaret Irving, 
Murray Kinnell, Spencer Charters, Rollo 

Producer, Robert Presnell; Director, Sidney 
Salkow; Author, A. A. Milne; Screenplay, 
Harvey Thew, Michael H. Uris; Cameraman, 
Stanley Cortez. 

Direction, Fair. Photography, Okay. 

Cleveland V. C. to Install 

Cleveland — The Cleveland Variety 
Club will install its new officers at 
a dinner dance to be held at the 
Statler Hotel Saturday. Festivities 
arranged by Chairman David (Uni- 
versal) Miller will start with a cock- 
tail party in the club rooms, followed 
by dinner and floor show in the 
Pompeian room. New -officers are: 
chief barker, M. B. Horwitz; 1st 
vice president, David Miller; 2nd 
vice president, Frank Drew; treas- 
urer, J. S. Jossey; secretary, Frank 
H. Boyd and the board of directors, 
Col. Harry E. Long, Nat Holt, I. J. 
Schmertz, Harry H. Goldstein, Jer- 
ome Friedlander and Jack Shulman. 

Acquires U. S. Rights 

Morris J. Kandel, head of Olym- 
pic Pictures Corp., announces firm 
has acquired the American rights 
to new musical comedy, "A Fire Has 
Been Arranged," which Julius Ha- 
gen recently produced in England 
at Twickenham Studios. 

"Find the Witness" Friday 

"Find the Witness", formerly 
titled "A Slug for Cleopatra" in 
which Charles Quigley and Rosalind 
Keith have the featured roles, will 
be Columbia's first release for 1937. 
The date is Jan. 8. 

FORECAST $2,500,000 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

boosted by declaration of dividend! 
by partly owned or wholly-owned 
subsidiaries. RKO received close t< 
$250,000 from the recent $7 dividend 
declaration by K-A-O. 

New York Critics Find 
"Mr. Deeds" Beat Pix of 36 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ing Walter Huston that honor fol 
the best performance for an actol 
for his work in the U. A.-Sam Gold 
wyn production of "Dodsworth." 

Rouben Mamoulian's direction 
"The Gay Desperado" Pickfor 
Lasky's U. A. release, was vote 
the best for the year. "La Kermess 
Heroique" ("Carnival in Flanders" 
was voted the best foreign pictur 
of the year. 

A gold medal will be awarde 
to Columbia for "Mr. Deeds" at 
reception in the Waldorf-Astoria o 
Sunday, Jan. 24. A scroll will Tb 
awarded to Miss Ranier, Husto: 
Mamoulian and the producer 
"Carnival in Flanders." The pr< 
ceedings will be broadcast over 
national hookup. 

French Actors to Appear 

M. Gil Roland of the Odeon ai 
Pierre Jourdan of the Theater d 
Arts will open at the Cinema de P 
ris Jan. 12 in sketches by Jean Cc 
teau, Sacha Guitry and other Fren 
dramatists. Opening night will 
for the benefit of the French V< 
erans of the World war. The se 
ies is sponsored by M. de Ferry 
Fontnouvelle, French Consul at N< 
York, and the Institut Francais. 

Lucille Ball Recovers 

Lucille Ball was discharged yi 
terday from Medical Arts Hospi 
where she fought off an acute ; 
tack of the flu. The film and sta 
actress currently is rehearsing 
the stage piece, "Hey, Diddle D 

O'Neill and Wife Both II 

Oakland, Calif. — Both Eugc 
O'Neill and his wife are patients 
a local hospital, the former reeov 
ing from an emergency append 
tomy and the latter from an illne 

Now It's Theater of Musi 

The old Gallo theater, which s 
sequently was renamed the N 
Yorker and the Casino de Pai 
will open as the Theater of Mt> 
under Federal Music Project dir 
tion on Jan. 24. 

"Les Petits" Staying 

"Les Petits", story of child 
in France, will be held over at 
Cinema de Paris for a second w 
beginning today. 





Razor keen, bold, a dreamer, a builder... today, as always, the grandest showman in the business 

By his deeds shall you know him 


e story of Adolph Zukor's twenty- five years in motion pictures is 

the story of the motion picture industry itself. From old files, from the 
old prints, come the stills on the following pages, which, quaint to our 
1937 eyes, yet mark brilliant moments in our motion picture past. From 
today's prints, from tomorrow's plans, come the stills which promise 
equally brilliant moments in our present and in our future. In every one 
of these, old and new, you will see great stars, joining with great produc- 
tions to etch ever deeper, ever clearer, that famous hallmark of motion 
picture success: "Adolph Zukor Presents." 



While a conservative and timid show 
world holds its breath, Adolph Zukor 
pays the record high of $35,000 to 
bring the first big time feature to the 
screen, the French four reeler, "Queen 
Elizabeth", starring the one and only 
Sarah Bernhardt, grandest actress of 
the day . . . the picture is a smash hit ! 

[1] Motion picture advertising gets under 
way. The poster Adolph Zukor had de- 
signed for the Bernhardt picture. 

[2] How the Divine Sarah looked to the 
high hat audience jamming the Lyceum 
Theatre in New York for the invitation pre- 
miere of "Queen Elizabeth", July 12, 1912. 

[3] The historic old Lasky barn where 
Showman Zukor 's new partner made "The 
Squaw Man". 

[4] When one showman meets another. 
Adolph Zukor and Jesse Lasky plan the 
new Famous Players-Lasky lot in Holly- 


With Daniel Frohman's aid, Adolph 
Zukor goes after the big names of 
the legitimate theatre . . . and gets 
them for the first Famous Players 
feature pictures ... in a series which 
has the whole show world standing 
on its head with amazement. 

[1] America's Sweetheart talks it 
over with the Chief. An old pho- 
tograph, printed through the 
courtesy of Photoplay Magazine. 

[2] The first actor to star in a 
Zukor picture. James O'Neil, 
father of playwright Eugene 
0'Neil,in "Count of Monte Cristo" 

[4] Fannie Ward and Sessue 
Hayakawa together in the rip- 
roaring melodrama,"The Cheat". 

[3] Greatest American actress of 
her generation, Minnie Maddern 
Fiske brings her "Tess of the 
D'Ubervilles" to the screen. 

[5] Mr. Zukor shoots the works 
with Geraldine Farrar bringing 
her "Carmen" to the screen. 


A $25,000,000 CORPORATION 

Bigger and better pictures making 
bigger and better profits cause 
Famous Players-Lasky to purchase 
Paramount, distributing unit . . . and 
now it's Zukor . . . Lasky . . . Goldwyn . . . 
De Mille . . . with the Paramount flag 
at the mast head.. .the grandest lineup 
of showmen ever under one banner. 

[3] Enter Wallace Reid! His star 
rises for the first time in 1916 
The Affairs of Anatol". 

2] Marguerite Clarke, one of the 
earliest box-office finds, in her fa- 
mous picture, "The Goose Girl". 

[4] Gloria Swanson as she ap- 
peared with members of the huge 
cast in Cecil B. DeMille's spec- 
tacular "Male and Female". 


Exciting years . . . epic years . . . years which 
knew the glories of Rudolph Valentino, of 
Pola Negri . . . years which gave the world 
such mighty pictures as "The Sheik", "The 
Affairs of Anatol", "Manslaughter", "The 
Ten Commandments","The Covered Wagon 
. . . years which saw Adolph Zukor's com- 
pany become the greatest in the industry. 

[1] Adolph Zukor and Rudolph 
Valentino talk it over on the 
Paramount lot. 

[3] Typical shot from the glorious 
story of the pioneers, "The 
Covered Wagon". 

[2] Cecil B. DeMille, maker of 
miracles, rehearses part of the huge 
cast of "The Ten Commandments". 

[4] Harold Lloyd in one of his 
earliest money makers for Para- 
mount, "For Heaven's Sake". 

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[1) Will Hays congratulates 
Adolph Zukor on the completion 
of the new Paramount Building. 

[4] Marlene Dietrich and Gary 
Cooper show a Legionnaire's life is 
not an unhappy one in "Morocco". 

[2] The defense of the fortress in 
the first great Foreign Legion pic- 
ture, "Beau Geste". 

[5] Gary Cooper in his first star- 
ring vehicle, Owen Wister's 
AmericancIassic,"The Virginian". 

[3] In wifh a bang! with Clara 
Bow, of course, in her first box- 
office smash "It". 

[6] The first great aviation pic- 
ture and, incidentally, the first 
Gary Cooper picture, "Wings". 


[1] Maurice Chevalier, Mr. Zukor's famous import 
from La Belle France, with Claudette Colbert in the 
smash hit "The Smiling Lieutenant". 

[2] Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone in "The Lives of 
a Bengal Lancer". . . one of the grandest action pictures. 

[3] The first box-office success in Technicolor, Fred 
MacMurray and Sylvia Sidney, in the Henry Hathaway 
version of "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine". 

[4] Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes send Hemingway's 
best seller,"A Farewell to Arms", into the heavy money. 

[5] Charles Laughton shows, with the aid of Charles 
Ruggles that "Ruggles of Red Gap" is still one of the 
best American stories ever written. 

N THE 5Kl^ 

HAND ON THE THROTTLE...Full steam ahead! 

June 1936 finds Adolph Zukor back 
on the West Coast in active charge 
of Paramount Production . . . July . . . 
August ... September . . . October . . . and 
one after another come the big hit 
pictures which prove, at the box- 
offices of the nation, that Adolph 
Zukor is just as canny a showman, 
just as clever an operator, just as 
powerful a force in motion pictures 
as he was in 1912 . . . 

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I'hi Te*as Rangers". 

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Silver Jubilee in Motion Pictures 

Celebrating Adolph Zukor's twenty-five years in 
motion pictures, Paramount proudly presents the 


produced under his personal supervision. 

Jack fiddles 

while Martha 

yearns . . . 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 


Jack Benny. 

George Burns 

Gracie Allen, Mary 

Boland, Martha Raye, 

Marsha Hunt, Eleanore Whitney, 

Johnny Downs, Ben Blue 

Directed by Frank Tuttle 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 

Gary Cooper 
and Jean Arthur 

Cecil B. DeMille's 


James Ellison. Charles Bickford, 

Helen Burgess, Porter HaL. 

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille 

'Tip yore hat 

when you 
speak to a lady" 

De *W"e gives Custer battle orders 

/Yellow Hon d puts Gary and J eon 0|| 

fl ofHe of Beecher's Island 

Adolpk Zukor presents 

Gladys Swarthout 
and Fred MacMurray 




Jack Oakie, Veloz and 

Yolanda, Herman Bing, 
Vivienne Osborne, Frank Forest, 
Benny Baker, Ernest Cossart. 
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland 

Strum fun 

for Bing and I 

old Hawa 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 



Bing Crosby, Bob 

Burns, Martha Raye, 

Shirley Ross, George Barbier 
Directed by Frank Tuttle 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 

Irene Dunne 



A Rouben Mamoulian Production 

Randolph Scott, Dorothy 

LaniOUr, William Frawley, 

Akim Tamiroff, Benny Baker, 

Charles Bickford 

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian 

Music by Jerome Kern and 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 

Edward Arnold and 
Francine Larrimore 



Gail Patrick, George 

Bancroft, John Trent, 

Sidney Blackmer 

Directed by Richard Wallace 

a B. P. Schulberg Production 

He tried to 
buy her love. 





The point is's 

another Lloyd 

laugh hit! 

Adolph Zukor presents . . . 

Claudette Colbert 




(Tent. Title) 

Produced and directed by 
Wesley Ruggles 


Adolph Zukor presents . . 

Carole Lombard 


Fred MacMurray 


Charles Butterworth, Jean Dixon, 

Dorothy Lamour, Harvey Stephens 
Based on a play by George Manker 
Watters and Arthur Hopkins 

Directed by Mitchell Leisen 




Adolph Zukor presents • . . 

Gary Cooper 
and George Raft 



with Frances Dee, Henry 

Wilcoxon, Olympe Bradna, 

Robert Cnmmings, Porter Hall, 

Harry Carey 

Directed by Henry Hathaway 

This old sea 

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If it's a Paramount Picture 

it's the best show in town 



uesday, Jan. 5, 1937 


4 "mU" from Hottwrood "lots 




TILTON BERLE, star of radio 
and stage, whose comedy has 
^en a byword on Broadway for 
•veral years, has been signed by 
. J. Briskin, vice-president in 
Targe of production at RKO Ra- 
o, to a long term picture contract. 
is first appearance will be in "New 
aces of 1937," a musical which 
ill attempt the unusual by intro- 
jcing a cast virtually unknown to 
Im fans, although widely known 
n the stage. Berle, who is cur- 
?ntly busy on the radio, will con- 
rue this work, but will have to 
toadcast hereafter from Holly- 
ood, owing to the studio commit- 
lent. "New Faces of 1937" will 
e produced by Edward Small with 
oseph Santley, who recently came 
ist to find new talent, directing. 

T T T 

Irving Mills, head of the Mills 
ublishing Co. and Artists Bureau, 
as signed a deal with Melody Pic- 
jres whereby he will publish the 
ix songs from "Sing While You're 
tble" starring Pinky Tolmin and 
'oby Wing. The entire score will 
>e on music stands before the re- 
ease of the picture and all Mills 
rtists including Duke Ellington, 
ten Pollack, Martha Raye and Cab 
3alloway have started recording the 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 20 • • • 
jXING W. (for Wallis) VIDOR. President of Directors' Guild, and Paramount 
"^ director-producer. Started as ticket taker in Galveston, became indepen- 
dent producer in Texas and has done everything from acting to writing, includ- 
ing technical work. Affiliations: Universal, 
M-G-M, Vitagraph, Paramount, Samuel Goldwyn. 
Directed "The Big Parade," which played two 
years on Broadway and grossed more than any 
other picture ever made. Directed such widely 
varying pictures as "Bardelys the Magnificent," 
"The Crowd," "Hallelujah," and "Our Daily 
Bread," the latter winning the Brussels Interna- 
tional Cinema Festival executive committee's 
certificate of honor. Awarded the cross of 
honor by the United Daughters of the Con- 
federacy for "So Red the Rose." Likes yachting, 
modern art and modern music. Plays tennis, is 
a boating enthusiast. Plays guitar, sings. Grad- 
uate of Peacock Military School, San Antonio, 
and Tome Institute, Port Deposit, Md. Hair, 
black. Eyes, blue. Stands 5. 11. 

Brother Jonathan, 258 - pound 
bearded mat king from Utah, was 
brought to Hollywood to serve as 
George O'Brien's opponent in a 
wrestling sequence for "Park Ave- 
nue Logger," O'Brien current 
George A. Hirliman production for 
RKO Radio release. 

T T T 

Our Passing Show: Ralph Kohn, 
Norman Burnstine, Una O'Connor, 

Maxine Reiner, Bayard Veiller, 
George Auerbach, Colonel Tim Mc- 
Coy, Robert G. Vignola, Ida Kover- 
man at "Tomorrow We Live." 

T T T 

"Tomorrow's Headlines," an orig- 
inal story by Thomas Ahearn, has 
been purchased by S. J. Briskin, 
vice-president in charge of produc- 
tion at RKO Radio, to be adapted to 
the screen as a feature on the 1937- 

38 program. It will be produced 
by Cliff Reid, who, with Robert Sisk, 
recently finished production of "The 
Plough and the Stars." 

T V T 

Among former football heroes 
now active in the film industry are 
Eddie Ruben, George Bromley and 
Roger Gray, who attended the Uni- 
versity of Minnesota; Ralph Mur- 
phy, Syracuse; C. R. Seelye, Paul 
Robeson, Rutgers; Pat O'Brien, 
Marquette; John Mack Brown, Ala- 
bama; Nick Lukats, Allan Dwan. 
Laurie Vejar, Notre Dame; Russ 
Saunders, Aaron Rosenberg, Cotton 
Warburton, University of Southern 

▼ T T 

Jack "Heavy" LaRue swears that 
a casual visit to the set of his young 
sister, Emily, brought her a nifty 
part in the picture, B. P. Schulberg's 
Paramount production, "The Love 
Trap." She will play the part of a 
"gabby" switchboard operator. Ed- 
ward Ludwig is directing. 

▼ T T 

Ketti Gallian, young French ac- 
tress, has been borrowed from Par- 
amount by RKO Radio for the role 
of Lady Carrington in the new Fred 
Astaire-Ginger Rogers filmusical, 
"Stepping Toes." "Stepping Toes," 
a Pandro S. Berman production, 
went before cameras several days 
ago with Mark Sandrich directing. 

(allet to Add 10 Houses 

to Central N. Y. Circuit 

{Continued from Page 1) 
if theaters included in the circuit 
if 21 now owned by the Kallet The- 
iters, Inc. of this city was announc- 
ed yesterday by Myron J. Kallet, 
iounder of the firm and head of the 

The 1937 program includes spend- 
ng $25,000 to remodel the Regent 
Theater, Syracuse, $200,000 on a 
lew theater in this city and a huge 
)utlay for purchase of 10 additional 
heaterts. The firm was organized 
over 20 years ago, by Kallet, former 

Stern RKO Motion to be 
Heard in Court Jan. 


{Continued from Page 1) 

certificate, which would have the ef- 
fect of upsetting the RKO reor- 
ganization plan, will be heard Jan. 
14 at the same time as the hear- 
ing on the plan. Stern also asks 
leave to intervene. 

WPA's Illinois Theaters 

Unit Costs Over Million 

Chicago — More than one million 
iollars has been spent by the Works 
Progress Administration for its Il- 
linois theaters unit, according to 
analysis of the WPA's annual re- 

All for La Belle France 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM iDAILY 
Hollywood — C. Henry Gordon is play- 
ing his fifth role as a member of the 
Foreign Legion in "Trouble In Morocco," 
for Columbia. 

Loudon, Sound City's 

Head, on Coast Survey 

A survey of studios and their ac- 
tivities at the coast is planned by 
Norman Loudon, head of Sound City, 
English studio, who left New York 
yesterday for Hollywood. He re- 
turns east Jan. 17, prior to sailing 
from London. 

Cameramen Suing Unions 

for $204,000 Damages 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Three suits aggregat- 
ing $204,000 were filed here by cam- 
eramen against the American Fed- 
eration of Labor and the I.A.T.S.E. 
charging that th.e unions conspired 
to keep them from earning a living. 
The suit charges that the men re- 
fused to take jobs during the LA. 
T.S.E. strike several years ago on 
promise that they would be taken 
into the union. The suits were 
brought by Roland C. -Price, Philip 
E. Cantonwine and Arthur C. Fitz- 

"After the Thin Man" 

Topping Predecessor 

{Continued from Page 1) 

picture is ahead of "San Francisco," 
last year's biggest M-G-M grosser 
and one of the biggest money pic- 
tures in 10 years. In Tulsa and 
Oklahoma City new house records 
were set. 

In Bridgeport, Baltimore, Cleve- 
land, Hartford, Pittsburgh and Prov- 
idence total receipts of "After the 
Thin Man" are almost three times 
that of the earlier "The Thin Man" 
while throughout the nation the new 
"Thin Man" release is doing con- 
siderably more than twice the busi- 
ness per day and date on the first 
film, Loew announced. Another com- 
parison shows "After the Thin Man" 
30 per cent better in 42 cities than 
"Libeled Lady". 

GB Exchange Plan Coming 
Up as Arthur Lee Returns 

{Continued from Page 1) 
over physical distribution from 20th 
Century-Fox has been determined, it 
is understood. Twenty exchanges 
have been arranged for at present, 
probably with more to follow later. 
Isidore Ostrer, president of the 
GB interests, has gone to Miami, 
where, it is expected, he will confer 
with President Nicholas M. Schenck 
of Loew's relative to the future of 
his company. 

Three Seek Dissolution 

Portland, Me. — Three Maine the- 
aters have filed petitions for corpo- 
ration dissolution. They are: Netoco 
Maine Theater of Portland, Inc.; 
Netoco State Theater of Portland, 
Inc. and Strand Theater, Inc. The 
theaters are now running under 
other operating companies. 

Phil Lewis Takes Bride 

Philip S. Lewis of the American 
Trading Co., was recently wed to 
Miss Betty Wenk. 

Adjourn Writ Hearing 

Hearing on an application by At- 
torney General Bennett for a per- 
manent injunction restraining the 
Television Corp. and seven others 
from any transactions in the corpo- 
ration's stock was adjourned yes- 
terday to Jan. 18 by Supreme Court 
Justice Lydon. 

Selznick Signs Ledeboer 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM iDAILY 
Hollywood — Hans Ledeboer, whose ex- 
hibition of murals captured the gold 
medal award at the Pacific Internation- 
al Exposition, has been retained as an 
interior decorator at Selznick Interna- 
tional studios, it was announced yester- 
day. His first assignment was with the 
art crew reproducing Grauman's Chinese 
Theater for a scene in David O. Selz- 
nick's technicolor film, "A Star Is 
Born," co-starring Janet Gaynor and 
Fredric March. 





Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 


in the film industry I 


Step up and meet the man 
who was at once the joy oi 
the trade press editor in 
search of a headline, and the 
despair of the linotype opera- 
tor in search of an easy shift. 
You see it was like this: 
Joseph M. Schenck is chair- 
man of the 20th Century-Fox 
board, and naturally a mas- 
ter-key man in any negotiations involving his 
firm. The more negotiations there are, the more 
active is Mr. Schenck. Thus it follows that the 
more active he is, the more news there is. He 
spent months in 1936 trying to conclude a series 
of the most vital, and certainly the most compli- 
cated, deals in film history . . . those with 
England's film barons, the Messrs. Ostrer and 
his own company, plus the Loew interests on 
the side. He produced more suspense than any 
score of screenplays. He commuted from coast 
to coast and to Europe. He also spent a few 
days in a hospital, and filmland cheered when 
he emerged with nothing more serious than a 
slight British accent. 


Early in July, Paramount held 
a vital board meeting, the ac- 
tion of which the industry at 
large awaited with uncom- 
mon interest. Emerging from 
this conclave, a director said: 
"Paramount is back in the 
hands of showmen." What 
he meant was that Barney 
Balaban had been chosen 

president to succeed John E. Otterson, and Adolph 
Zukor re-elected chairman of the board. In exclu- 
sive interview accorded the FILM DAILY, Balaban 
stated he would continue as president of B. & K. 
He took occasion to deny a report that he had 
been given a one-year contract with Paramount. 
"I don't need a contract," he said, adding, "I've 
always been a Paramount man!" Of that the 
industry is sure. 


United Artists obtained the 
industry's ace banker when 
the producer-owners elected 
him to the presidency of their 
corporation. Not only a finan- 
cial authority who knows the 
picture business from the in- 
side out, but also an ambas- 
sador of good will. A con- 
stant proponent of motion 
pictures as a sponsor of international amity. 
A man who knows the problems of the industry 
— and its individual members — and deals with 
them intelligently and honestly. A counsellor of 
industry executives — big and small — and whose 
reputation extends from the movie marts of Holly- 
wood to the downtown financial districts of Man- 
hattan Island — and then right around the world. 
That, gentlemen, sums up the Doctor. 

Thumbnail summaries of person- 
alities whose activities provided 
major headlines in the past year. 

® « N. M. SCHENCK 

A film magnate who decided 
to buy only one house. He 
did at Miami Beach, Florida, 
for winter residence. Friends 
wondered what use it would 
be to purchaser who only has 
to be in a dozen or so places 
at once. As usual, and as 
president he headed up 
Loew, Inc., plus having finger 
in more pies that Little Jack Horner ever dreamed 
about. Was in the thick o' the famous Gaumonl 
British negotiations, conferring on both coasts. 
Also accepted chairmanship of industry's World's 
Fair bond sales body. Loew's stockholders at 
annual meeting in December awarded him five 
year personal service contract and option to pur- 
chase 9,698 shares of the late Irving Thalberg's 
common stock at $40 per share annually during 
the five year period. 

• • H. M. WARNER 

Yon can't spell Warner with- 
out that syllable "war". And 
you can't think of "war" 
without thinking of courage. 
You guessed it! — you can't 
think of courage without 
thinking of Harry Warner. He 
is loaded with it. Throughout 
the lean years when that 
arch-villian Depression was 
stalking about, it was H. M. who met him like 
Horatius at the bridge. "A gamble now upon the 
future of America", he typically told his eastern 
and Canadian sales meeting last June, "is the best 
gamble in the world". He called upon business 
and industrial leaders everywhere to "loosen 
purse strings and make present period one of 
progress and development". He himself set the 
example. Characteristically he made and fought 
for "The Green Pastures". Fortune favors the 
bold. Salute! 

• • • LEO SPITZ 

In addition to presidency of 
RKO, this young and excep- 
tional exec, was given iden- 
tical post by K-A-O, and sub- 
sequently made a director of 
Metropolitan Playhouses, Inc. 
representing K-A-O's 20 per 
cent interest in that company. 
When gossip had it that a 
merger of RKO and Para- 
mount was contemplated, young Mr. Spitz (being 
a Chicagoan and used to really strong winds) 
took the whispering breezes right out of old 
Dame Rumor's sails by declaring the report 
"silly". A considerable increment of his time and 
interests were devoted to the perfecting of the 
new reorganization plan for RKO. 


"H enry Ford, antiquarian, 
patents new type of car" . . . 
"Franklin D. Roosevelt, stamp 
collector, delivers annual mes- 
sage to Congress." Strange 
way to refer to these gentle- 
men in the news? Perhaps, — 
but consider what happened 
when J. Cheever Cowdin 
sailed for Europe late last 
December. Steamship company's publicity release 
described him as a "polo player." At first glance 
this seemed an unusual descriptive title, but on 
second thought it appeared quite appropriate. 
When Mr. Cowdin took over board chairmanship 
of the New Universal, we recall how enthusiasti- 
cally he swept into the saddle . . . rode high, 
wide and handsome . . . teamworked to perfec- 
tion . . . and was in large measure responsible 
for frequency with which U scored in year fol- 
lowing reorganization. But you haven't seen any- 
thing yet. Watch him in the 1937 chucker! 


The head of England's House 
of Morgan, as far as motion 
picture affairs are concerned. 
In other words, the chief 
figure in the Gaumont British 
setup, which he heads. Made 
the front page headlines last 
summer when he talked to 
Sidney R. Kent, 20th Century- 
Fox prexy, Joe Schenck and 

Loew representatives at London on a deal 
through which the American firms were to buy 
the Ostrer control of GB. Suddenly, not to men- 
tion dramatically, the situation changed and John 1 
Maxwell, Scottish film titan, entered the picture 
presumably to acquire the Ostrer shares. Isidore' 
Ostrer made more front page reading material 
when he came to New York, and later Hollywood 
last Fall for further GB talks with the Kent and 
Schencks on a situation, which, from the viewpoint' 
of outsiders, was extremely difficult to understand, 


On January 7th, 1937, this 
perennial executive cele 
brates his birthday. Coinci- 
denfally Paramount launches 
a four - months - long Interna 
tional Silver Jubilee celebra 
tion for Adolph Zukor, in com 
memoration of the Paramoun 
founder's 25 years of servic^ 
to the film industry. The pas', 
year saw the Zukor tradition and prestige in 
crease, with his name bobbing up time and agair 
in news stories. Salient among these were: his 
appointment as generalissmo of company's studic 
production; the rumored possibility of his restora 
tion to Paramount presidency; and his obvioui 
pleasure at having this post go to Barney Bala 
ban, while he himself was re-elected chairmai 
of the board. 


'uesday, Jan. 5, 1937 




istory Makers o£ 1 936 in the Film Industry 


Formally answering those 
•who eyed questioningly the 
extensive Atlas Corp. hold- 
ings in Paramount, RKO and 
other companies. Floyd B. 
Odium stated that his power- 
ful financial trust does not 
intend to control, or manage 
those organizations in which 
it makes investments. In Sep- 
tember, news flashed that passive-appearing but 
nevertheless dynamically active Mr. Odium had 
resigned from Paramount's board, succeeded by 
Y. Frank Freeman. But the resignation appeared 
to astute industry observers to have no particular 
significance as regards Atlas holdings in Para- 
mount stock. 


An early United Artists' coup 
d'etat was the signing of this 
chap to a three year contract 
as U. S.-Canadian general 
manager. He worked up an 
appetite for a giant testi- 
monial dinner given to him 
by his armada of industry 
friends by going to Washing- 
ton and playing a star role 
in attacking the Pettengill anti-block booking bill 
before the interstate and foreign commerce sub- 
committee. After telling the legislative boys a 
thing or two, he nonchalantly hied back to 
Gotham and put on his bib as though nothing 
had happened. Soon thereafter he was elevated 
lo the U-A first vice-presidency as successor to 
Mary Pickford. 


Sidney R. Kent 'way back in 
1935 observed that man- 
power is the main asset and 
in 1936 there is his own 
record to prove it beyond the 
shadow of a reasonable 
doubt, as they say in legal 
circles. A busy, eventful 12 
months for Kent in 1936, and 
20th Century-Fox progress a 
result. Then, too, there was the GB deal, and its 
many demands. And, anent GB, Kent was re- 
elected a director at a stormy shareholders' meet- 
ing in December. Kent also will remember 1936 
for two strictly personal events: His daughter 
married, he was made an officer in the French 
Legion of Honor. 


For the rapid production 
progress made by the New 
Universal the snappy salute 
goes to vice president Charles 
R. Rogers who climbed into 
the Universal City saddle 
with the friendly departure 
of the Laemmle dynasty. Hard 
work, and then some more 
hard work — that's the Rogers' 
way. Even when he came East in late October, 
it was no pleasure jaunt, but "strictly business." 
That business included consultation with Eng- 
land's Herbert Wilcox and the effectuating of an 
agreement assuring closer co-operation between 
the British and American studios of Universal 


If there's a gent who kept the 
news sleuths' nose to the 
ground during the dog days 
of 1936, he's one Andrew W. 
Smith, Jr. — -"Andy" to you. 
August had barely started 
when "Andy" resigned as vp 
of Vifagraph and Warners- 
First National eastern and 
Canadian sales executive. 

Subsequently came reports he would (a) join 
GN (b) enter the theater field and (c) acquire 
Walter Reade houses. "Andy" finally cut the 
reports short by affiliating with United Artists 
as general sales manager, and the news sleuths 
went back to normalcy. 


You can't have a gallery of 
history-makers without this 
general sales manager, who 
put the "mount" in Paramount 
this past season. If skeptical, 
just you take a squint at 
revenue that piled up through 
his merchandising methods. 
Company's film rentals skied 
to highest mark since 1930 
B. C. (Before Crash). Any time you feel sorry for 
yourself, with such details on your mind as your 
work, buying a new garden hose and a new 
cowcatcher for little Junior's toy locomotive, be 
soothed by giving a thought to Mr. Agnew who 
services 9,400 film accounts plus a flock in non- 
theatrical brackets. 


If you feel inclined to argue 
the point that astronomy and 
gastronomy have no direct 
relationship, we'll call Wil- 
liam F. Rodgers to the wit- 
ness stand. For his brilliant 
career devoted to selling stars 
in celluloid, the industry gave 
him two resounding testimonial 
banquets. Immediate cause 

of these celebrations was his appointment to 
general salesmanagership of M-G-M, to succeed 
the late Felix Feist. The first banquet was masked 
under simple title of "luncheon." Cinema Club 
was scene, with S.R.O. sign out plenty early. 
Metropolitan exhibitors turned out more than 
1000 strong at subsequent Waldorf-Astoria dinner. 


His steady rise in industry 
ranks continued when Major 
Albert Warner announced: 
"Gradwell L. Sears, vice- 
president of Vitaphone, has 
been appointed general sales 
manager for Warner-First Na- 
tional and affiliated com- 
panies." Not so bad, is it, for 
a young fellow who was a 
First National salesman out Chicago way only 
a dozen or so years ago. One of his initial acts 
upon taking new office was to make important 
shifts in WB branch personnel. It was he, too, 
who divulged WB's $3,000,000 production budget 
boost last Autumn. 


A hospital bulletin, issued 
while this rugged individual 
was recuperating from an 
operation last Summer, fells 
more eloquently than news 
files what kind of a year he 
had. "Mr. Goldwyn, it said, 
is doing very nicely." Dur- 
ing 1936, film circles hoped 
he would spend more time 

telling stories than buying them. Purchased 
"Dead End," "Angel Making Music," and other 
stand-out properties. Also announced he and 
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., would make "Marco 
Polo." Continued to prove himself one of most 
alluring screen magnates, baiting box-offices with 
such enticing entertainment as "Come And Get It." 
Latter title is rumored to have been taken literally 
by Gary Cooper to mean a Goldwyn contract. 


With formation of the new 
Universal, R. H. Cochrane be- 
came president. Right at out- 
set of his assuming office, it 
became apparent that pro- 
gressiveness, not precedent, 
was to be keynote of his 
policy. On this platform he 
worked like proverbial bea- 
ver, putting both production 
and distribution forces on a new high standard 
of efficiency, and communicating his own enthu- 
siasm to those under his command. So that entire 
organization's speed and power could be effec- 
tively utilized, he streamlined it by simplifying 
the corporate structure both of the company and 
its subsidiary and allied interests. 


On precisely the same date 
that Paul Revere made his 
famous ride, — April 18th, — 
headlines officially told of the 
ride of Edward L. Alperson 
from his affiliation with Na- 
tional Theatres Corp. right 
into the presidency of Grand 
National, the Pathe subsidi- 
ary company known as Pre- 
mier Film Attractions. The shift was expected, as 
earlier that month well-substantiated reports had 
it that negotiations to have Alperson sign on the 
dotted line were completed. He announced that 
he and colleagues would handle 30 features dur- 
ing the year. New company's stock went right 
ahead and got listed on Curb Exchange. In fact 
GN and prexy E.L.A. went right ahead, too. 


Many a mainspring is unre- 
vealed by the faces of clocks 
. . . and news stories. Take 
for example a story such as 
RKO Distributing Corp. reach- 
ing a new high in sales con- 
tracts during 1936. Modest 
mainspring back of this feat 
is President Ned E. Depinet, 
who seems to be one of in- 
dustry's deftest headline dodgers. Nevertheless, 
his business logic and enthusiasm contributed no 
little to bringing renowned rodent, Mickey Mouse, 
into RKO star fold. 

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Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 

History Makers of 1 936 in the Film Industry: 


It was a swell 1936 for David 
O. Selznick. His firm, Selz- 
nick International Pictures 
went great guns in initial 
production year with high 
quality product, including the 
literally colorful "Garden of 
Allah." The firm joined the 
Hays organization, and sun- 
dry other events took place 
such as his being awarded the 1936 League of 
Nations medal for his "Little Lord Fauntleroy." 
David also bagged with his clear judgment 
and financial sling-shot the screen rights to 
the Goliath novel of the times "Gone With The 
Wind". But from his personal standpoint all 
these happenings took second place in light of 
the real climax — accommodating Mr. Stork ar- 
rived in May and gave a son and heir to the 
David Selznicks. 


Before you is RKO Radio's 
vice-president in charge of 
production. Addressed its an- 
nual convention, telling the 
boys right down boldly that 
organization intended no raids 
on other companies for stars, 
but would build up players 
from within its own ranks; 
expressed his opinion on an- 
other occasion that films will never go 100 per 
cent color; and also held that when television 
comes, it will be boon to the industry. Traveled 
from coast to home office for conference with 
president Leo Spitz during RKO reorganization 
plan's formulation. Was awarded one-year con- 
tract to continue in present post, with, it is under- 
stood, a long-term contract awaiting him when 
reorganization is effectuated. 


Member of the powerful 
Ostrer family which figures 
importantly in England's film 
destinies. Assistant manag- 
ing director of Gaumont Brit- 
ish Pictures Corporation, Ltd., 
and director de luxe in vari- 
ous affiliated enterprises. 
Now slated to head GB's pro- 
ducing activities. Came to 
the United Stales last Fall to join his brother, 
Isidore, in negotiations with Sidney R. Kent, 
Joseph M. Schenck and Nicholas M. Schenck 
looking toward his company's future. 


This first lady of the land 
of films spent typically ener- 
getic year. Headed own pro- 
ducing unit in association 
with Jesse Lasky. Their Pick- 
ford-Lasky Productions, Inc., 
completed and released "One 
Rainy Afternoon" and "The 
Gay Desperado". Company 
ceased active operation fol- 
lowing Lasky 's becoming RKO producer. In 
mid-July she resigned 1st vice-presidency of 
United Artists, being succeeded by George J. 
Schaefer, but remained as member of UA board. 
And in mid-November her betrothal to Charles 
"Buddy" Rogers was announced. 


Early in year it appeared 
that Merlin H. Aylesworth 
might have enough leisure 
to take the usual executive 
hour for lunch. He had only 
two board chairmanships on 
his hands, those of RKO Cor- 
poration and RKO Radio Pic- 
tures. But along came April, 
and with it the problem of 
finding a replacement for Herbert Bayard Swope 
who resigned as chairman of the Keith-Albee- 
Orpheum board. So they just naturally gave this 
additional post to Mr. Aylesworth, who later 
mystified ihe industry by actually finding time to 
go to Rochester to attend annual S.M.P.E. con- 
vention. While there he also took time to deliver 
a stirring, star speech calling on majors to co- 
operate in cutting Hollywood production costs, 
and advocated both price-hiking and abolition of 
double bills. 


What d'ya mean, you don't 
believe that yarn about Jack 
and the Beanstalk! Well, did 
you notice towering growth of 
Warner Brothers recently . . . 
and what sprouted out of its 
studios? There were "Mid- 
summer Night's Dream," 
"Story of Louis Pasteur," 
"Anthony Adverse," "Green 
Pastures," "White Angel," "Charge of the Light 
Brigade," — just to mention a few. In adminis- 
tering their production. Jack used only one magic 
"bean" . . . his own. Besides, he addressed by 
telephone from the coast the WB convention at 
Chicago; visited continental Europe; went to 
London to transact biz and attend to matters in- 
cidental to Bette Davis contract action; and re- 
turned loaded with low-down on cinema situa- 
tion abroad. We don't suppose, either, that you 
believe it can be June in January. Wrong again! 
. . . Jack annexed his bride shortly after New 


Year's "star reporter." Made 
study of problems relating to 
RCA's capital structure and 
reported findings to board. 
Retained for $55,000 by Para- 
mount to make survey and 
report of its business opera- 
tions from stem to stem. Ap- 
pointed as aides A. B. Poole, 
former Pathe treasurer and 
v.p.; C. J. Scollard, another former Pathe officer; 
John Ford of Maine-New Hampshire Theaters; and 
an associate SEC buddy, Joseph R. Sheehan. 
The full Kennedy report, thorough and enlighten- 
ing, revealed problems essential to overcome 
were mostly at studio. Urged giving production 
department free sway, unhampered by director- 
ate in New York. Further urged placing man- 
agement in hands of showmen. Paramount did. 
Result: big results. 


Take it from the indefatigable 
General himself, his long ser- 
vice to the industry is marked 
by no more interesting hap- 
pening than his audience 
with Pope Pius in Vatican 
City late in 1936. It was an 
eventful European visit, that 
trip, for it did much to further 
a new Italian accord, with II 
Duce's government granting concessions soreh 
needed if the American film industry was to sur 
vive in the Italian market. Yes, the General was 
received by the Premier. Despite the demand: 
made upon his time by his M.P.P.D.A. office. Hays 
found opportunity to serve as chairman of the 
Advisory Committee of the Museum of Moderr 
Art Film Library. 


Was innocent cause of it be- 
ing conclusively proved that 
letter-carriers go to movie* 
oftener than to colleges. En- 
velope addressed to Presi-j 
£\. """^JB I dent of Columbia went to 729 
IBSSit.' -i^Mm 'A Seventh Avenue instead ol 
wBL. 13 fl | to Dr. Nicholas Murray Butlet 
iB Mk3l_™H) on Morningside Height s . 
Spent most of time grinding! 
out sound box-office films, which in turn ground 
out dividends as usual. Paid a visit or two to 
New York town. Went through monotonous ex- 
perience of being re-elected prexy of his outfit 
All around success is said to have excited breasts 
of certain Wall Street gents, alert to be in on a 
good thing. 


That Gaumont British deal, 
with its widespread ramifica- 
tions on both sides of the 
blue-green Atlantic, served to 
turn the spotlight full on the 
Brothers Ostrer, including 
Mark who doubles as presi- 
dent of GB Pictures Corpora- 
tion of America and chairman 
and managing director of GB 
Pictures Corporation, Ltd. The American company 
weathered report and counter-report, sales im-; 
petus putting GB films into 5,000 U. S. theaters. 
And Herbert Wilcox, after an American look-see, 
was so impressed that he urged GB as the proper 
U. S. distribution agency for all worth-while 
English films. 


His Honor the Mayer oi 
M-G-M let loose his lions, Leo 
and son, in spectacular fash- 
ion. Big Leo growled in un- 
precedented number of big 
pix, and Leo, Jr., the little 
rascal, emulated his dad in 
fine style. Exhibitors and pa- 
trons alike who stepped up 
and "put it on the lion" in- 
variably got back with interest what N they sank 
in Leo. His Honor, who had considerable to do 
with all this, stopped rubbing his magic produc- 
tion lamp occasionally, among other things, to sit 
in on the famous deal between Loew's, 20th 
Century-Fox, G-B and the Ostrers. 


= ijesday, Jan. 5, 1937 




istory Makers of 1 936 in the Film Industry 


ong John Hancocks ai- 
ned to new contracts was 

at of Walter Wanger, who 
eaned up an existing pro- 
action schedule for Para- 
ount and hied over to the 
nited Artists' camp. Made 
longer jump, to Europe, 
pent considerable time in 
aly viewing film situation, 
udio projects, and possibilities the land of II 
uce presents for pix-making. Returned whistling 

tune sounding like "Boola Boola." Might have 
;en "Giovinezza." Headed for Hollywood to 
iake six features, with first, "You Only Live 
nee," ready by January '37. Signed Joshua 
ogan and later Hal Home as production execs, 
lined Hays organization and pointed guns con- 
dently and hopefully to the future. 


Stepping out of Universal as 
the old order changed, giving 
I sm *W f way to New, Carl Laemmle, 
Jr., announced he would pro- 
duce independently, went 
abroad and returned four 
months later with a sheaf of 
stories and plans well in 
hand for not only production 
of from three to four features 
ut a fling at Broadway as well. Fulfillment of 
*ae ambitious program became "unfinished busi- 
tess" for 1937. So keep your good eye on Junior. 


•l decided coup for the new 
Jniversal was its gleaning of 
William Eoenig as general 
studio manager. Came to the 
sost via Warner Bros. Most 
of the year he served at Uni- 
versal City, being the chief 
chef in the preparation of 
some swell screen fare, in- 

frluding that renowned and 
epicurean tidbit, "My Man Godfrey." One Nov- 

■ember morn, the industry awakened to find that 

:the capable Eoenig had resigned his "U" hook-up. 

iNo suspense attended the situation, for at once 
the fact became known that he was bound for 
M-G-M to take over studio and production man- 
agership for that outfit 


After being associated with 
Dr. A. H. Giannini in banking 
business for past 26 years 
both in New York and on the 
Coast, he joined Universal as 
comptroller. When William 
Eoenig resigned his post as 
U's general studio manager, 
Charles R. Rogers, company's 
executive vice-president, 
named Normanly as general manager in charge 
of studio business and financial contacts. Almost 
immediately thereafter he was elevated to a vice- 
presidency. This series of rapid-fire promotions 
I occasioned no surprise among those conversant 
with his abilities, — which are more than Univer- 
sally recognized. 

• • • BEN GOETZ 

As M-G-M's British production 
head, he became an habitual 
commuter between English 
and American ports. Formed 
a unit to make four pictures 
for Leo The Lion in back- 
grounds of old Blighty. An- 
nounced quartette would com- 
prise "Silas Marner," with 
Lionel Barry more; "A Yank 
At Oxford"; "The Wind" and "Rage In Heaven." 
Plans included importing from U. S. a bevy of 
writers and technicians of the Hollywood clan. 
Also announced on his April arrival in New 
York that he would be associated with M-G-M 
in project calling for building of a laboratory in 

• • B. B. KAHANE 

Among the good old Summer- 
time's hot items was the 
simultaneous announcement 
on the west and east coasts 
by the Messrs. Harry and 
Jack Cohn respectively that 
they had succeeded in having 
B. B. Eahane affix his rugged 
signature to a contract which 
called for his immediate oc- 
cupation of a vice-presidential chair at Columbia. 
Move added pronounced potential strength to 
the Columbian cohorts, for, as you will remember, 
this same gentleman not so long ago was one 
of the key pillars of REO Radio Pictures, — a vice- 
president, in fact. 

• • 


From post as advertising and 
publicity head for UA, Prince 
Hal plunged into active part- 
nership in the Blackstone 
Agency. But sound-stages 
summoned and clicking cam- 
eras called, so he enlisted 
under REO banner as an as- 
sociate producer, retaining, it 
is understood his financial in- 
terest in Blackstone. When Walter Wanger 
started expansion program, he induced Hal to 
accept diadem of a production executive and 
assigned him at once to handle "Vogues Of 
1937," which is slated to be made entirely in 
Technicolor. Since Wanger is releasing through 
UA, Mr. Home is once more linked with his 
cinematic alma mater. 


Damon had his Pythias. And 
Grad L. Sears has his Carl 
Leserman. To elucidate: In the 
late spring, Leserman, then 
assistant to Sears (who was 
functioning as Warner dis- 
tribution head for the South 
and West), resigned to join 
Edward Alperson in the or- 
ganization of Grand National, 
becoming general sales manager. But the old 
ties proved too strong and in November, Leser- 
man quit GN to rejoin Warners and Sears, this 
time as assistant general sales manager. Sears 
in the meantime had been made Warners' sales 


During transition period be- 
tween former policy and es- 
tablishment of the unit sys- 
tem of pix making at Para- 
mount studios, William Le 
Baron was placed in charge 
of production. Temporary 
quality of his designation 
quickly evolved into perma- 
nency, and, sure enough, 
that's the way things should and do stand right 
now. As reward for unflagging enterprise, he 
was rewarded with month's vacation. Despite 
intended respite, he traveled 'cross-continent and 
busied self with plans for future service to com- 
pany. Interviewed at his N. Y. hotel suite, he 
stated his favoring more output in eastern studios. 
He knowns whereof he speaks, when you reflect 
that he headed Paramount's Astoria plant for 
quite a spell. 


In case you want to know 
exactly what pal Al has been 
doing of late to earn his 
board and keep, let's take 
a look at the record sales of 
M-G-M for 1936. It's easy to 
understand why this affable 
assistant to Nicholas M. 
Schenck, and master of the 
art of sales plus distribution, 
remained pretty much out of 
news print. Keeping one's nose to the grindstone 
doesn't make very colorful copy. But he did 
break into the streamer heads when he took the 
rostrum in Columbus, Ohio, and told the ITOA 
parley "facts the independent exhibitor should 
know". Loew's annual meeting in early December 
revealed Al had been added to the corporation's 
roster of vice prexies. 

• • • JACK COHN 

If you're searching for a 

strong, silent man, look no 

more. He's right here in 

Columbia's vice - presidential 

chair, where he is re-seated 

at every election. From 'way 

back, his reserve has been a 

tradition. "Africa Speaks," 

his colleagues used to say, 

"but Jack Cohn . . . seldom!" 

Comments on company and industry topics only 

when he feels it will be helpful. Recently he 

revealed his views on Dramatists Guild decision 

re backing of plays by film producers; pointed 

out potential advantages of interchanging stars 

with foreign producers; urged producer control 

of star broadcasts. 


David Sarnoff, in after years, 
likely will look back to 1936 
as (A) the year in which 
RCA and NBC gave the first 
public demonstration of tele- 
vision's enlarged screen, per- 
mitting IVi by 10 inch pic- 
tures and (B) the year in 
which he was royally dined 
by employes of RCA and its 
service companies, the event marking Dave's 
completion of three decades in the radio indus- 
try. The demonstration, strikingly revealing tele- 
vision progress, hinted that commercial television 
had succeeded recovery in relation to that "cor- 
ner." It may be turned late in '37. 



Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 

History Makers of 1 936 in the Film Industry 

• • • SAM KATZ 

To keep in high gear and 
smooth operation such an in- 
tricate production machine as 
the M-G-M studios, requires 
tireless application, plus a 
thorough knowledge and un- 
derstanding of the complex 
cogs, — both human and me- 
chanical. This is the job of 
Sam Katz. That he is doing 
it. and exceptionally well, is proof of his patience, 
tact and ability. Drop in when you're around the 
Metro lot. By the way, it's quite a lot . . . and 
so is what administration executive Katz is doing 
on it Little wonder, then, that Loew's annual 
meeting revealed his addition to that company's 
list of vice presidents. 


You can't take much stock in 
whispering campaigns, but 
Samuel Goldwyn is said to 
have gotten his inspiration to 
make "Marco Polo" from the 
dramatic manner in which 
this U-A vice-president in 
charge of foreign sales 
jumped from continent to con- 
tinent. Journeyings also 
spread report the "W" in A. W. K. name stands 
for wandering. During his hegira he visited 
Europe, and blithely bounded down to South 
America, where he held more conferences than 
all the Pan-American nations combined. At this 
writing his lonesome home-office associates are 
still singing "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly". 


There is no record of his 
being a dyed-in-the-wool Boy 
Scout. But there is mighty 
proof that he did perform one 
cf the year's outstanding 
Deeds, with a capital letter, 
by bringing a certain gentle- 
man by that name to town 
via a brilliantly directed 
screen vehicle. Academy of 
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thought so much 
of him that they held him over for a second year 
as president. Those millions who form the Capra 
cult are waiting on pins and needles to his re- 
vealing "Lost Horizon", the Columbia production ... 
to which he has devoted most of his time, 
energy and genius in recent months. 

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• • J. H. WHITNEY 

A prophesy was fulfilled 
when he decided that in 
union there is strength. Fi- 
nancially interested in both 
Selznick International and 
Pioneer Pictures, the discrim- 
inating John Hay ("Jock") 
Whitney engineered the ab- 
sorption of the latter company 
by the former. In the new 
set-up he became chairman of the board and at 
once cleared the decks for intensive action. "It 
is our hope", he said, "to take a commanding 
position in the independent field," promptly an- 
nouncing 10 to 12 major films for 1937. 


You find the 1936 achieve- 
ments of the energetic, tire- 
less Darryl F. Zanuck written 
not so much in terms of per- 
sonal headlines as in those 
which tell the production 
story of 20th Century-Fox. 
Such headlines as for in- 
stance that in The Film Daily 
of Oct. 27: "20th Century-Fox 
to Deliver 33 Films by Christmas". And again 
on Nov. 24: "20th Century-Fox to Start 14 for '37 
in Six Weeks". In September, Zanuck was elected 
chairman of the executive committee of the 
M.P.P.D.A. to succeed the late, lamented Irving 
Thalberg. About the silliest of all silly stories 
finding circulation during the year was that hint- 
ing that Zanuck was stepping out from his post. 
It brought emphatic denial from Sidney R. Kent. 
In early December. Zanuck received the cross of 
the French Legion of Honor. 


For a second successive 
year, a major change in the 
affairs of this film veteran 
provided a major headline. 
In 1935, Lasky left Fox, form- 
ed, with Mary Pickford, Pick- 
ford-Lasky Productions. That 
association •went into eclipse 
this year, and in mid-October 
came the news that Lasky 
had signed with R-K-O Radio as producer. The 
niche that he fills in the affections of industry- 
leaders was instanced markedly when 250 did 
him honor at an AMPA luncheon in May. 


After interlude of producing 
for Columbia, this former 
head of the Paramount 
studios formed his own com- 
pany. Major Pictures, and 
concluded deal with Para- 
mount to make eight for re- 
lease through their ex- 
changes. Promptly leased 
General Service Studios in 
Hollywood and signed Joe Nadel, president of 
Associated Assistant Directors in New York, as 
his general production manager. 


That wheel of fortune con- 
tinued to turn all right, all 
right for the engaging Major. 
His amateurs came up for 
air, and stage bookings, in 
such quantities that it ap- 
peared as if the U. S. A. was 
predominantly composed of 
bird imitators, trick tuba 
players and other folk cap- 
able of performing in odd and interesting fashion. 
He produced some Amateur Hour shorts for RKO, 
and plans more of same type for Biograph in 
1937. He also put out Amateur Hour stage units 
with Lou Goldberg, formerly with various major 
film companies, as project's general manager. On 
one Sunday night broadcast he switched from 
NBC to CBS under Chrysler sponsorship. 


Infant 1936 had just begun 
to waddle when Alexander 
the Great was awarded the 
British medal for his 
"Saunders of the River". As 
>the year advanced, a fire 
occurred in his new studios, 
which a London wag as- 
cribed to the hot production 
pace. American film fans got 
an eyeful of several Korda classics released 
through United Artists — "Things to Come", "The 
Ghost Goes West" and "Rembrandt". In the midst 
of the British constitutional crisis — or was it? — he 
announced his intention to make a feature about 
Queen Victoria. 

• • W. R. SHEEHAN 

Just before Washington's 
Birthday, the air was filled 
with flumes, including news 
of a union twixt Mr. Sheehan 
and Paramount. As deal was 
originally reported he was to 
make ten pix for his new 
affiliate. But as March 
marched on, negotiations 
were called off. Again last 
November, a news box contained denial by Dr. 
A. H. Giannini of a report that Mary Pickford 
was selling her interest in UA to this same Mr. 
Sheehan. There is nothing In the writings of 
Isaac Walton re W. R.'s angling ability, but we're 
going on record now as saying that when he 
angles, he angles. Watch him In 1937. 


It was an eventful year for 
W. Ray Johnston, the 12 
months recorded in history as 
1936. How else could you 
fairly describe a year which 
brought Johnston's withdrawal 
from Republic, his decision 
to revive Monogram, Repub- 
lic's forerunner, and the sub- 
sequent incorporation of Ster- 
ling Pictures Corporation, Sterling Productions, 
Inc., Sterling International Corporation and Ster- 
ling Exchanges, Inc., as new Johnston allied 
ventures? An ambitious agenda, that, with 
1937 certain to bring lively developments. In 
late December. Monogram directors authorized 
the repurchase of the company's outstanding 
capital stock, a step towards Monogram-Sterling 


Shake hands with Republic's 

production chief. You can do 

it on both coasts because 

he's just as likely to be found 

on one as the other. Last 

year he visited New York on 

a few occasions, confabing 

on product plans and with 

company's franchise holders. 

The rest of the time he was 

hatching some fifty pix, including more than a 

score of features, eight or so stunt dramas and 

about sixteen westerns. 



S fuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 




istory Makers o£ 1 936 in the Film Industry 


•jring personnel reorganiza- 
on by Paramount, the ver- 
atile Lubitsch held down 
exterously the post of man- 
cging director of company's 
--oduction. Then he treated 
imself to a well-earned three 
nonth's vacation in Europe 
7ith Mrs. Lubitsch, the former 
'ivian Gaye. Returning from 
ibroad, he stopped off briefly in New York, and 
leaded for Hollywood to complete plans for his 
wn unit to fashion features for Paramount. He 
igned Marian Spitzer as story editor, lighted an- 
ther cigar and went to work. When the industry 
egan fretting about screen stars broadcasting, 
malytical Ernst tapped off a few ashes and 
■agily counseled, "Go easy!" 

• • L. W. CONROW 

Among the more important 
executive adjustments in the 
film business brought L. W. 
Conrow into a new and more 
responsible niche. From posi- 
tion of general manager of 
ERPI Eastern Division, he was 
advanced to general operat- 
ing manager, reporting to ex- 
ecutive vice-president Whit- 
lord Drake. Conrow now is in full charge of all 
nstallation and service east of Rocky Mountains. 
His sphere includes the headquarters' operating 
department divisions which are combined with 
eastern and central headquarters division, the 
latter being thereby abolished as separate en- 
tities. In addition to these duties he has charge 
of the merchandising department. Wonder when 
he sleeps! 


Perfected new color process 
known as Hirlacolor. Applied 
for patent on camera device 
which simplifies color pho- 
tography and makes it pos- 
sible to handle color practi- 
cally same as black and 
white. Came east for confab 
with RKO execs. Returned to 
coast and moved his unit bag 

and baggage into RKO Pafhe studios to make 21 
releases. Organized new firm. Condor Pictures, 
Inc., in association with Amedee J. Van Beuren, 
and Albert H. Lieberman, Philadelphia financier, 
with paid-in capital of $1,250,000. Was one of 
industry's most active sons during '36. 


Scott R. Dunlap stepped into 
the 1936 headline parade in 
late November when W. Ray 
Johnston announced that the 
former director would be vice 
president in charge of pro- 
duction for Sterling Pictures 
Corp. and vice president of 
Sterling Productions, produc- 
ing subsidiary. This was a 
forward step in Monogram's revival. To accept 
the post, Dunlap withdrew from Frank and Dun- 
lap, agency in which he had been a partner for 
seven years. 


Out of a clear summer sky 
came announcement of his 
resignation as Republic's ad- 
vertising and publicity direc- 
tor, and appointment to cor- 
responding post by Grand 
National. In addition to as- 
signed duties, decided to 
become a producer. Formed 
Boots And Saddles Produc- 
tions to make series of 8 westerns for release 
through GN. Spotted Tex Ritter in rodeo troupe 
and wisely signed him for lead roles. Turned 
out "Song Of The Gringo" and "Headin' For The 
Rio Grande." Found himself occupying most 
unique position in industry, — that of being pub- 
licity-advertising mogul for his own product and 
the releasing company. Situation entails holding 
conferences with himself. Talk about your 


Gave to the screen a bevy 
of outstanding shorts which 
he released through RKO 
following closing of deal with 
that organization. Program 
calling for 32 subjects con- 
sisted of 13 Bill Corum sport 
reels; 6 Struggle To Live; 7 
World On Parade; and 6 of 
new series titled Unusual Per- 
sonalities. In association with George Hirliman, 
he formed the new Condor Pictures, Inc. Despite 
inroads made generally by duals on outlets for 
shorts, the Van Beuren line-up did very nicely, 
we can assure you, and so will the net figures 
of this man's corporation when all the returns 


When you look behind the 
guns, you'll find certain men 
back of them. In the case 
of Herbert J. Yates, you will 
see him behind several guns 
at once. It's no apparition, 
but the oft-prevailing way in 
this interesting industry of 
ours. Among many things he 
is president of Consolidated 
Film Industries and a moulder, to a very large 
degree, of the destinies of Republic Pictures. He 
is said to have received an offer last May to 
sell to a Wall Street group his interest in Repub- 
lic for a tidy $5,000,000. It was not enough. 
Like Lincoln he is dedicated to the proposition 
that his Republic must be preserved! 


Prexy of the M.P.T.O.A., in- 
tent upon settling industry 
disputes within its borders 
and not in Washington, state 
legislatures or the law courts. 
Chief plugger for the organi- 
zation's 10-point trade prac- 
tice program and antagonist 
of the Congressional bills 
seeking to outlaw compulsory 
he appeared at hearings on 

block booking 

measures at Washington. 

© e o TREM CARR 

Meditation requires leisure. 
At outset of year, Trem Carr 
had plenty of latter, so went 
in for plenty of former. This 
leisure, as you remember, 
came about ■when he re- 
linquished post as Mono- 
gram's vice - president in 
charge of production, and 
sold, for a reported half mil- 
lion or so, his interest in that company at time 
it evolved into Republic. His meditations are 
said to have included consideration of Para- 
mount's offer to sign him. Signed with Universal 
instead. Made "Sea Spoilers" and "Conflict" for 
that organization, and is scheduled to make six 


Here we have the spice of 
Educational Pictures, an ad- 
mirable personage on many 
counts, chief among which 
may be mentioned his ability, 
integrity, acumen, magnetism 
. . . and his uncanny knack 
of keeping all his corporate 
titles straight, — holding, op- 
erating, subsidiary compan- 
ies, et al. He knows the shorts field even better 
than Rin-Tin-Tin knew in his youth when it was 
time to eat. He champions this field, too, at the 
drop of a hat. And he genuinely and sincerely 
detests dual bills, contending that they cut the 
equivalent of one show's gross daily from theatres 
operating on this policy. He said so last June. 


That Big Ben intended to 
wind-up with Columbia and 
join 20th Century-Fox proved 
to be a false alarm. What 
he did, however, was finish 
"Meet Nero Wolfe" for the 
Messrs. Cohn & Co.; incorpo- 
rate B. P. Schulberg Pictures 
with self as president, Ralph 
Kohn as vice president-treas- 
urer, and Louis E. Swarts, secretary; and then 
closed deal to make 16 pix for Paramount over 
period of two years. Set mid-July for launching 
production, after taking over Prudential Studio on 
long-term lease. Being a gallant gent, his first 
gesture was to deliver "Wedding Present" to his 
ole love Paramount upon their business re- 
marriage. Looks like a mighty fertile union. 

• • R. A. ROWLAND 

Nineteen thirty-five (remem- 
ber? of course you do, that 
was last year) saw Richard 
A. Rowland joining Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer as a produc- 
tion executive. That affilia- 
tion was dissolved in 1936 
and Dick turned to Para- 
mount, completing the first 
Richard A. Rowland Produc- 
tion. "I'd Give My Life" in July. But perhaps 
the biggest news came in November when Prexy 
Edward L. Alperson of Grand National an- 
nounced Rowland would make eight productions 
for his company, half to be made for the current 




Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1937 


History Makers of 1 936 in the Film Industry 

• • 


Triumph and trial. These 
two words marked the 1936 
road of Hal Roach. He pro- 
duced during the year an un- 
precedented program of fea- 
tures and shorts, including 
series of his famous "Our 
Gang" comedies. All this 
product attained a higher 
standard of quality, in addi- 
tion to quantity. And, late in '36 he announced 
plans for eight — count 'em eight — features. Sev- 
eral changes took place in company's personnel, 
both Henry Ginsberg and David Loew resigning 
their executive posts. Hal signed Fred New- 
meyer to a long-term director contract and blazed 
away in inspired fashion with his activities. But 
like Pagliacci, who made the world laugh only 
to discover how deep are the sorrows it can hold 
. . . Hal Roach lost his father. 


Nineteen thirty-six closed far 
more happily than it began 
for the estimable E. V. Rich- 
ards, prexy and general man- 
ager of Saenger Theaters, 
Inc. The year scarcely was 
underway when E. V. was 
laid low by a leg ailment. 
But you can't keep a good 
man down, and so Saenger, 
via Richards, forged ahead, purchasing — for "a 
small fortune" — the A. H. Yoemans circuit, re- 
opening and building houses and otherwise 
strengthening its position in the south. As ad- 
denda, there's the fact that E. V. was elected to 
the directorate of Paramount. 


In addition to his manage- 
ment of the Roxy, New York, 
as trustee, Harry Arthur be- 
came a dominant figure in 
St. Louis exhibition. As head 
of F. & M. Service Corp., 
which operates six downtown 
de luxers in the Missouri city, 
he also took over affairs of 
22 St. Louis Amusement Co. 
houses there, following settlement of the famed 
St. Louis anti-trust case. By way of a hobby, 
Harry also won a few score blue ribbons through 
his thoroughbreds and canines. 


When tempted to make that 
lame excuse "I didn't have 
time," — consider the example 
of Harry Goetz. This hard- 
hitting veteran accomplished 
much, and tucked a few trans- 
Atlantic and trans-continental 
trips in to boot. Delivered, 
among other things. Reliance 
Pictures' "Last Of The Mo- 
hicans" to UA. Continued association with Ed- 
ward Small in Reliance, which hooked up with 
RKO Radio on arrangement to release 6 pictures 
through latter. Announced as extra curriculum 
activity that he would do a little more producing 
on his own. Joined forces with Max Gordon and 
headed up their plays and pictures company. It 
looks like a case of them that has, Goetz. 


In his first year as a UA 
vice-president, and likewise 
as a member of the Hays 
Office directorate, this astute 
individual convincingly dem- 
onstrated his executive mettle, 
taking an active hand both 
in formulating and putting 
into practice many of the 
company's more important 
policies. Constantly during 1936, his desk was 
an all-important link between home office ac- 
tivities and the top-flight administrative heads. 


During great campaign of 
'36, Major Albert (being a 
military man) was in the front 
lines much more than in 
headlines. One of leading 
strategists of WB board and 
vice-president of the com- 
pany, he could be found most 
of the time in his luxurious 
dugout at home office ham- 
mering away in Napoleonic fashion. Also 
wended way frequently to projection room to in- 
spect WB box-office ammunition. Went A.W.O.L, 
long enough to attend as usual Film Daily Golf 
Tournament at Glen Oaks. 


Every day and in every way 
it's getting easier and easier 
to memorize the Encyclopedia 
Britannica than the list of 
Walter Reade's theaters. 
Formed American Community 
Theaters Corp. to construct 
100 new theaters in five years 
in communities of over 5,000 
population throughout U. S. 
and Canada where houses are obsolete or non- 
existent. Took in as associates L. N. Olmstead, 
v.p. of American Seating Co.; Frank V. Storrs, 
banker; Carl E Schuster, statistician; Charles J. 
Bryan and Walter Reade, Jr. Broke ground in 
December at Toms River, N. J., for first of these 
model theaters. Got steam shovel ready to 
do some at Saratoga. 

• • 


The Lesser name was no 
stranger to trade publication 
presses. He packed a lot of 
activity into 12 short months. 
His company. Principal Pro- 
ductions, turned out product 
for both 20th Century-Fox 
and RKO release. Latter ac- 
quired his hit "Let's Sing 
Again" for world distribution. 
So successful were his Bobby Breen pictures that 
he doubled budgets on forthcoming films of this 
star. Announced his 1937-38 line-up which in- 
cludes 6 for 20th Century-Fox and 3 Breens for 
RKO. Former group to be made up of 4 starring 
Richard Arlen, and 2 Tarzan epics. Planned 
constructing at Hollywood new $350,000 studio 
with three sound stages. Treated himself to a 
trip to Europe as year expired. You think it was 
for pleasure alone? Just watch. 


In keeping with best tradi- 
tions of the gallant Arthurian 
age, this modem knight pa- 
raded the M - G - M banner 
through many lands as the 
company's foreign activities 
head. He had to keep his 
vizor lifted high to keep track 
of all the varied events 
which occurred on Europe's 
many flaming horizons, — events which were vital 
both to M-G-M and the industry in general. 
Much of the time he kept one eye fixed on Italy 
where his organization's interests were threat- 
ened by Mussolini government decree; while the 
other eye watchfully observed Spain where civil 
war menaced the Metro machinery. That he ac- 
complished these and other feats without the aid 
of a revolving stage speaks well for his stability, 
— and that of his center of gravity. 


That Kentucky Colonels can 

stand up under fire better 

than the most valiant Prus- 
sian guardsmen is no longer 

debatable. Colonel Pettijohn, 

general counsel for the Hays 

Office, proved this repeatedly 

during the year. Crossed 

swords in Washington with 

Senate interstate commerce 
committee members, telling them that discarding 
of block booking would boost distribution costs 
from present 26 per cent to possibly 45 per cent. 
Battled Pettengill bill; Nathan Yamins, Allied 
States' president, and Abram F. Myers, Allied's 
general counsel before the House interstate and 
foreign commerce committee. Declared block 
booking bills are unconstitutional. Declared also 
that whether Gov. Ruby Laffoon went out of 
office or not, Kentucky Colonels would carry 
on "Once a colonel, always a colonel!" said 


He, Mickey and Minnie con- 
tinued to discredit dusty prov- 
erb that best laid plans 
o'mice and men gang aft 
agley. Public acclaimed them 
as usual. French government 
made Wall a Chevalier of 
the Legion of Honor for his 
outstanding contributions to 
world of art and entertain- 
ment. 1936 International Exposition at Venice 
awarded him its gold medal for best animated 
cartoons, after giving his entries "Mickey On 
Ice," "Three Orphan Kittens" and "Who Killed 
Cock Robin" the once over. Early in '37, he and 
the fascinating fabled folk he fashions will go 
under RKO banner. Our Mr. Disney expects 
eventually to specialize, 'tis said, on feature pro- 
ductions, limiting output of shorts to an even 


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History Makers of 1 936 in the Film Industry 

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t role of RKO associate pro- 

ucer, this young gentleman 
nade things hum and ful- 

lled the bright predictions 
oiks made concerning him at 
ime of his taking post. Name 

ashed frequently in print in 

cnnection with such pictures 

is "The Plow And The Stars," 

NTLiss," "Two In Revolt" and 

Annie Oakley." Stuck close to Hollywood scene 

md sound stages, not even once visiting his 

>ative eastern seaboard. As result of recent 

iccomplishments. you will find the Sisk label 

iached to several of the more important RKO 
matures set for '37. 


How is the film industry 
doing? Any time you want to 
make a quick and accurate 
survey along this line, find 
out first how this gentleman 
is doing. His activities always 
form a vital index, for as 
Jules Brulatour goes, so goes 
the nation. He contributed 
heavily to making Eastman 
lodak cards in the FILM DAILY'S news files 
monotonous, — in prosperity stories. Earnings up 
Dividend . . . Reports increase in earned 
urplus . . . Wage and stock melons . . . Adopt- 
og annuity plan. These are but a few of the 
nany such entries during 1936. It's very simple 
o figure how all these things came about. Mr. 
irulatour happens to be the distributor of East- 
nan film. 


Dne of year's misfortunes 
was loss to the industry of 
■i. B. as an active participant 
n its affairs. Early in April, 
le repeated prior resignation 
rom RKO board and with- 
drew as the K-A-O director- 
ate's chairman, severing last 
obvious link between him 
2nd filmland so as to devote 
more time to corporate duties in other fields. His 
son, H. B. Swope, Jr., also left the industry after 
ronnecling with Selznick International. Thus in 
he celluloid kingdom the name Swope became 
virtually as rare as copies of the first Shakes- 
oeare Folio. It's only temporary, we hope. 

• • H. S. CULLMAN 

"Producers cannot fulfill their 
{unctions as business execu- 
tives when a great percent- 
age of their time is spent 
with bankers, lawyers and 
organization committees." 
stated this sage in address at 
N. Y. U. School of Education. 
Ascribed most of industry's 
tribulations during past few 
years to double bills. When GB delegates met in 
New York, he feted them on occasion of opening 
at Roxy of "It's Love Again." Made application 
to U. S. District Court for interim allowances of 
520,000 for his services as Roxy Theater trustee 
irom December, 1935. He had already received 


Step right up and meet Mr. 
Van Schmus. As you might 
expect from the managing 
director of a cozy little 6.300- 
seat house like the Radio City 
Music Hall, he does things 
himself on a grand scale. In 
these days of double malted 
milks, double indemnity poli- 
cies and double features, it 
is refreshing to find a host who gives double 
parties. Such an ingenious one is W. G. He 
started this form of shindig by throwing a bril- 
liant affair to celebrate opening of Samuel Gold- 
wyn's "Strike Me Pink" and Ethel Merman's birth- 
day. Threw another one for local gentry and the 
visiting members of Britain's Cinematograph 
Association and their wives. Party was such 
success that entire English contingent's itinerary 
nearly ended permanently in New York. 


Early in Spring. Frank Kolbe 
and Robert T. Atkins of Pathe 
negotiated deal with Harry 
Thomas whereby their firm 
agreed to buy up latter's 
stock in First Division, and 
his contract as president 
which had about three years 
to go. Harry siezed oppor- 
tunity to take vacation, an- 
nouncing on return his intentions to form new 
company. He did, calling it Mutual Motion Pic- 
ture Distributors. Closed deal to handle U. S. 
distribution of 12 features to be produced in Eng- 
land by James A. FitzPatrick; closed another 
with Maurice Conn to become his business asso- 
ciate and produce 14. Closed another with 
William Hackel to ma,:e 16 action pix, then 
brought brothers Edward and Victor Halperin 
into company with their line-up. Why doesn't 
somebody make an action picture of Harry? 

• • 


Battling on several fronts in 
the interests of Ascap, of 
which he is general manager, 
E. C. Mills had a lively and 
interesting time of it, and 
didn't pull any punches. Char- 
acterized Duffy copyright bill 
as "terrible for the motion 
picture industry, for exhibitors 
and for users and producers 
of copyright music." Went to Congressional com- 
mittee hearing at Washington and spoke his 
mind, advising strongly against entrance in Berne 
convention. Later commuted to Canada. Threat- 
ened withdrawal of Ascap from Dominion. Then 
worked out new music tax rates with leading 
exhibitor interests there. When others opposed 
new rates, Mr. Mills stated in substance that 
Ascap would not withdraw, but would operate 
"under conditions as they developed." 


Headed up 20th Century-Fox 
British cousin company, 
known as 20th Century-New 
World. Brought lots of good 
judgment and experience to 
venture, going at the job logi- 
cally and enthusiastically. 
Dickered to bring William 
Powell, Carole Lombard, Mar- 
garet Sullavan and Dolores 
Costello Barrymore to England for leads in his 
features. Also went after William K Howard, 
George Cukor, Tay Garnett and James Cromwell 
to direct. Announced four pictures and started 
ball rolling. Line-up was "Wings Of The Morn- 
ing," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Under The Red 
Robe" and a fourth untitled. 


After joining Hal Roach or- 
ganization as executive vice- 
president, this scion of the 
House of Loew resigned the 
post, thus ending a three- 
year contract signed only a 
few months before. Opened 
negotiations to make feature 
product for Columbia release, 
but suddenly aligned himself 
with RKO as a unit producer. Being interested 
in widest possible horizon, he went for the Joe E. 
Brown smile, getting the star to sign on the dotted 
line. Put him in top role of first scheduled release 
for RKO. Titled the feature "When's Your Birth- 
day?" and started right out to shoot in RKO- 
Pathe studios. 


Right at outset of 1936. British 
International Pictures, headed 
by John Maxwell, sallied forth 
to annex a brand new vice- 
president and general man- 
ager for Alliance, its Ameri- 
can subsidiary. Choice was 
up-and-doing Budd Rogers, 
Republic's eastern division 
sales manager. On leaving 
Republic fold, he was given a fare-thee-well 
testimonial luncheon by his former associates of 
that company. Shortly thereafter he opened new 
offices in RKO Building. Enjoyed solid, substantial, 
successful year, — and so did Alliance under his 
guiding eye and hand. Announced company 
would release 8 to 10 B.I.P. features during '37. 


The president and general 
manager of Warner theater 
operations grabbed off a few 
more laurel wreaths for him- 
self. Theater zone managers 
concluded their first quarterly 
meeting by tendering him 
dinner at the St. Moritz. H. M. 
Warner emerged from mid- 
June directors meeting to let 
it be known that Joseph Bernhard was elected 
member of WB Pictures' board. Big business all 
over the land asked permission to use the Bern- 
hard-coined slogan "Expense is the enemy of 
Profit." Had satisfaction also of seeing son Jack 
promoted from Pittsburgh booking office of War- 
ners' to more important job with Mervyn LeRoy's 
producing unit in Hollywood. 



II MAR. 16-18 

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association's directorate are now 
voting on the proposal, with indica- 
tions that it will be approved. 

The annual board meeting, at 
which officers will be elected, is 
scheduled to be held during the con- 
vention, which will probably take 
place at the Miami-Biltmore. 

Sports Proving Serious 

Film Opposition in Conn. 

New Haven — Sports are coming to 
the fore as serious film opposition 
hereabouts, with the New Haven 
Arena using its s.r.o. sign on pro 
hockey, and negotiations on for a 
new Arena in Hartford. On Janu- 
ary 15, the Arena here will stage 
the first indoor auto racing in New 
England, outside of Boston. Pro- 
fessional baseball is due in the State 
this summer. Boxing at the 40-cent 
reduced admission is drawing crowds. 
Bowling is increasing, and a short- 
age of alleys is reported. Elaborate 
night ski and toboggan runs await 
the first snows in Easton, near 

Colorfilm Corp. To Open 
East, West Laboratories 

Establishment of laboratories in 
the East and at the coast is planned 
by Keller-Dorian Colorfilm Corp. to 
handle work in connection with its 
color process, a spokesman told 
The Film Daily yesterday in New 
York. The Eastern plant will be 
in operation in one month and the 
Hollywood lab inside of two and 
one-half months, it was stated. 

George E. Quigley, counsel for the 
British and French group acquiring 
control of Keller-Dorian, sails for 
Europe today from New York to 
complete details of the deal. He 
plans to return to this country by 
Feb. 20. 

Eastern Theaters, Ltd. 

to Pay $3.50 Dividend 

Toronto — Eastern Theaters, Ltd., 
has declared a semi-annual dividend 
of $3.50 on preferred stock, payable 
Jan. 31st to shareholders of record 
Dec. 31. The company operates the 
Imperial Theater in downtown To- 
ronto, and is 94 per cent controlled 
by Famous Players Canadian Corp., 

Republic Managers Shift 

Atlanta — Carl Floyd, branch 
manager for Republic at Tam- 
pa, Fla., has been named man- 
ager at Atlanta, succeeding John 
W. Mangham, resigned. Henry 
Glover, manager of the Memphis 
office, takes the Tampa post while 
W. M. Snelson, well known film 
salesman, becomes skipper of the 
Memphis office. 

Production Progress and Phenomenal 
Attendance Features oi British Year 

really good studio accommodations 
— today she possesses great stages 
at Denham, where London Film Pro- 
ductions have a huge studio quite 
equal to anything in California; at 
Pinewood, which is also a marvelous 
job of work; the new Amalgamated 
Studios at Elstree, shortly to be 
opened, costing the best part of a 
million pounds; the Joe Rock — Hen- 
ry lies Studios, reputed to have cost 
five "hundred thousand pounds — and 
still others in the course of erection. 

Taking the business in its order, 
production has certainly gone ahead 
in no unmistakable fashion. From 
the purely production point of view, 
London Films have taken the lead. 
This important company, whose 
head, Alexander Korda, is known 
the world over, moved into their 
vast Denham Studios in the middle 
of the year, where they have im- 
mense stages capable of housing at 
least a dozen units at one time. 

These studios are a marvel in con- 
struction and occupy many acres of 
ground, functioning upon the same 
lines as the great studios in Holly- 
wood. They were constructed by 
the Californian expert, Jack Okey, 
and, with the big program of Lon- 
don Films and its allied producers, 
are working to capacity. A big pro- 
gram is scheduled for 1937. 

Wilcox Plans Ambitious 

Only a short distance away at 
Iver, are the Pinewood Studios, 
where Herbert Wilcox Productions 
and British National hold sway. 
Wilcox will go into production early 
in the New Year with a series of 
ambitious films. 

Gaumont-British are embarking 
on a slightly modified program for 
1937 at Shepherds Bush Studios, re- 
ducing their units from six to two, 
but they do not intend impairing 
the standard of their output. 

British International Pictures at 
Elstree, who have been quiet for 
some months, John Maxwell believ- 
ing in a conservative policy, have 
now gone ahead with an ambitious 
program which includes six pic- 

Associated Talking Pictures who, 
after their next film with Gracie 
Fields, lose the services of this star 
and have concentrated on a new 
comedian, George Formby, who has 
achieved phenomenal success, par- 
ticularly with provincial audiences, 
have a busy program outlined at 
their studios at Ealing. 

Julius Hagen, who now controls 
studios at Twickenham, Hammer- 
smith and Elstree will have no less 
than 10 pictures, either completed 
or in the course of production, in 
the early weeks of the New Year. 
Capitol to Make 12 

Capitol Film Productions will 
have a program of at least 12 films, 
costing probably a million pounds 
for 1937. ' 

Production is booming with the 

(Continued from Page 1) 

independents, who seem to be spend- 
ing more and more money. Money 
seems to be plentiful and producing 
concerns experience little difficulty 
in meeting their requirements in 
that direction, but whether it will 
ultimately prove successful is, as I 
said last year, more or less on the 
knees of the gods. 

Certainly, Great Britain spent 
more on its pictures last year than 
ever before in its trade history. 
With their eyes on the world mar- 
ket, British producers have not hes- 
itated to borrow from Hollywood 
some of its foremost stars and have 
lavished money on production, but 
with the exception of Gaumont Brit- 
ish, who are now established in the 
United States, and the London film 
product, which is marketed through 
United Artists, one cannot discern 
any great progress toward obtain- 
ing American support for British 

Circuits Building Rapidly 

Turning from product to theaters, 
here the position is little short of 
amazing. Circuit after circuit is 
now building as fast as it can and 
the cry of the small independent 
theater owner, who sees himself 
likely to be forced out of existence 
by the menace, is heard on all 

Odeon Theaters, who a year ago 
had a circuit of 50, have now passed 
their hundredth, with 60 more actu- 
ally in building. It is anticipated 
that by the summer of 1937, they 
will reach the 200 mark. 

Union Cinemas, Ltd., another ra- 
pidly growing circuit, have adopted 
a similar policy and with their sub- 
sidiaries will, in the very near fu- 
ture, control anything up to 300 

Competition in the theater line 
is fierce. Gaumont British still head 
the list with their 300 odd houses, 
with Associated British running 
them close with 250, after which 
comes the Union Cinemas, Odeon 
Theaters, the Donada Circuit, the 
Bernstein houses, H. D. Moorhouse 
circuit and various smaller chains 
up and down the country. 

Tremendous profits nave been 
earned by the big circuits during 
1936, the balance sheet of Associ- 
ated British Cinemas showing the 
remarkable profits of close on one 
million pounds, with Gaumont Brit- 
ish running them very close with 
over seven hundred thousand pounds 
profit, most of which has been de- 
rived from the theaters. Union Cin- 
emas have similarly shown great 
profit expansion and to say that 
there is a theater boom is a mild 
way of describing conditions in 
Great Britain during 1936. 

Attendance Phenomenal 

Attendances at theaters during 
the year have been phenomenal; 


Republic, Kan. — Earl E. Grice, of i 
Hebron, Neb., is about to open a 
second theater here. 

Delray, Fla. — Paul Mize, former . 
manager of the Roxy, has been 
transferred to the Sparks theater in 
Fort Lauderdale. 

Delray Beach, Fla. — Sidney Lan 
ders is the new manager of the Del 
ray Theater, which recently became 
a part of the Sparks circuit. Mr 
Landers came to Delray from St 


Palm Beach, Fla. — The Beaux Arts 
Theater is opening for the season 
several weeks in advance of its usual 
date to accommodate the early ar- 
rivals for the season. 

Lake Butler, Fla.— The Lake The- 
ater has been opened with Brandon 
Warren as manager. 

John Day, Ore. — James Murphy, 
sound expert from Universal Sound 
Equipment Company of Seattle, is • 
here to supervise installation of new 
Universal sound both at John Day 
and Prairie City. Both houses are 
operated by Mrs. Bertha Dixon. 

Film Rights Revert 

Film Rights to "The Woman of 
Destiny," optioned by Pickford- 
Lasky, last Spring, have reverted 
back to its author, Samuel J. War- 
shawsky, Sidney R. Fleisher, legal 
representative for the playwright, 
announced Saturday. The play has 
been optioned for Broadway produc- 
tion several times. 

New Haven Union Signs 

New Haven — ■ Local No. 74. 
IATSE, has renewed its contract - 
with Paramount on slightly im- 
proved terms. The local will stage 
its annual sick benefit ball at the 
Hotel Taft on Saturday, with Harry 
Shaw, Poli New England Division 
Manager, as m.c, and William P. 
Barry as general chairman. 

Schwartzman Recovering 

Attorney Samuel Schwartzman is 
recovering from an appendicitis op- 
eration at the Park East Hospital. 
Operation was performed Thursday. 

summer weather was unprecedented, 
with the result theaters benefited 

One of the main sensations of the 
British industry over the past year 
is undoubtedly the Lord Moyne 
Committee's Report, framing rec- 
ommendations for the new Films 
Act which, if adopted, will come into 
operation in 1938 when the present 
one expires. 

It is a drastic document in every 
way and under its proposals, if they 
go through, it seems distributors, 
particularly American, will come off 
rather badly. 

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International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

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VOL. 71. NO. 4 


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See Atlas Corp. Firm on RKO Reorganization Plan 


20th Century-Fox to Have Minimum of 56 in '37-38 

Adolph Zukor 

. . . and his Silver Jubilee 



TWENTY-FIVE years is quite a manu- 
script of time. In the picture business, 
it is a whole library. To-morrow night in 
Hollywood, upon the occasion of his Silver 
Jubilee in pictures, hundreds of his friends 
will gather in festive occasion to pay tribute 
to Adolph Zukor. Do not confuse it with 
just another of those things. It will be a 
sincere and compelling manifestation of re- 
spect, affection and devotion to one who 
has done so much toward placing the 
motion picture upon the high plane of 
dignity, wholesomeness and importance it 
now occupies in the affairs of the world. 

THERE is no finer character in the in- 
dustry than A. Z. We have laughed with 
him and cried with him. Lived with him, 
travelled with him and fought with him. 
Unlike many big showmen-executives his 
background has never been a mystery. His 
industry record is an open book. No M oratio 
Alger tale was the rise of Adolph Zukor to 
the heights. Rather the vision, artistry, 
spirit and resourcefulness of a great little 
man who had a great, big dream and then 
made that great, big dream come true. 

IN 1927 we were by his side as they laid 
the cornerstone of the towering Para- 
mount Building on Broadway. It was the 
crowning moment of his life. It seemed a 
long way from 1912 and "Queen Elizabeth" 
to this imposing Paramount Building, but 
here it was, and for the time being, jour- 
ney's end. The depression followed. What 
happened to the industry is comparatively 
recent history. 

^"\NE evening, in front of a big, log fire 
^^ U p on n j s interesting farm, A. Z. told 
us something of his early life. His first 
job was wrapping bundles in the country 
store in the village in Hungary in which he 
was raised. Saving every penny he soon 
landed at the Battery with but a few dollars 
in his pockets. "Why did you want to leave 
your native Hungary?" we asked. "Because" 
he answered with that merry Zukoresque 
twinkle in his eye, "In Hungary, in those 
days, the opportunity to advance in business 

(Continued on Page 2) 

March 16-18 Officially De- 
cided Upon for Miami 

A 12-point program has so far 
been prepared for the annual con- 
vention of the M. P. T. 0. A., which 
has now been definitely set for Mar. 
16-18, inclusive, at the Miami Bilt- 
more at Miami. Topics to be dis- 
cussed include: trade practices, 
current pictures, double features, 
music tax, score charge, overbuying, 
unreasonable clearance, radio com- 
petition, significant court decisions, 
pending litigation, unfair legislation 
and labor relations, it was indicated 

(Continued on Page 5) 

PLAN '37-38 LIST 

20th Century-Fox will have a 
minimum of 56 features on its 1937- 
38 program, preliminary discussions 
on which will take place between 
Darryl Zanuck, production head, and 
John D. Clark, general sales man- 
ager, at Hollywood in about two 

Sol Lesser is making four pic- 

(Continued on Page 5) 


Who 25 years ago came to the then startling conclusion that glamour was a marketable screen 
commodity, and has been a dominant figure in a dominant industry ever since. 

Believe Atlas Will Balk at Changes 
Sought by RKO Creditors' Committee 

Indications are that the Atlas 
Corp. will refuse to make any of 
the modifications in the RKO reor- 
ganization plan sought by the un- 
secured creditors' committee, with 
the result that the committee and its 
counsel, Carlos Israel of White & 

Case, will vigorously oppose the plan. 
It is understood that the commit- 
tee will endeavor to put itself in a 
position where it can block accept- 
ance of the plan. To do this, the 
committee may prove to have the 

(Continued on Page 12) 

Canadian Copyright Appeal 
Board Fixes Music Levies 

Toronto — The Copyright Appeal 
Board has fixed the performing 
rights fees for all classes of music 
users in Canada for 1937. Theater 
fees are 15 cents for theaters with 
1,600 seats or over, 12 cents for 800 

(Continued on Page 5) 

"Champagne Waltz" to Have 
20 World Capital Openings 

Day and date premieres of "Cham- 
pagne Waltz" in 20 capitals through- 
out the world late this month includ- 
ing Loew's theater in Washington, is 
planned by Paramount. The event 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1937 

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Ben H. Serkowich 

Loretta Young 

Tom Mix 

Fred Niblo 

Ruth Hiatt 

Ludwig Berger 

Stanley Smith 

Adolph Zukor 

. . . and his Silver Jubilee 

(Continued from Page 1) 
or commerce was very small. When one 
grew up one became either a tiller of the 
soil or one became a musician. You see, 
I figured there would be a bigger field for 
musicians in America." 

A ND so the shy little man, with music 
** in his soul, came to New York. Within 
the span of a few years his name was known 
throughout the civilized world. A name 
that will live as long as .the great motion 
picture industry itself. It is to the few 
understanding and purposeful pioneers of 
the screen, of which Adolph Zukor is one, 
that the world and its enlightened peoples 
owe so much for the advancement of the 

Cowan and Van Leer to 

Open New Adv. Agency 

Harrison J. Cowan, advertising 
manager for Dictograph Products 
Co., Inc., is leaving that organiza- 
tion to establish his own advertising 
agency in New York. Associated 
with Cowan will be Arnold Van 
Leer, motion picture publicist, un- 
til recently affiliated with Pickford- 
Lasky Productions. 

The new agency will be known as 
Cowan & Van Leer, Inc. Offices will 
be located at 521 Fifth Avenue. 

Cowan & Van Leer will operate 
generally as a general advertising 
agency emphasizing merchandising, 
sales promotion and special exploi- 

Condor Pictures to Set 

Policies at Conference 

Conferences to shape policies and 
plans of Condor Pictures are to be 
held in New York during the next 
few days by its organizers. Attend- 
ing the sessions will be M. H. Hoff- 
man, Amedee J. Van Beuren, George 
Hirliman, Frank Snell and others. 
Hoffman and Hirliman have arrived 
in New York from the coast. 

Perry N. Verkoff Is Dead 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood— Perry N. Verkoff, 56, 
film character actor and former di- 
rector of silent pictures, is dead 
here. He played in Broadway legit 
shows for several years, most prom- 
inent role being with Ruth Chatter- 
ton in "The Green Hat." One of 
final screen appearances was in 
Mae West's film, "I'm No Angel." 

8 More Bank Night Arrests 

Chicago — Eight more managfers 
have been arrested here for bank 
night drawings. The city is pres- 
sing the prosecution. 

Condor Signs Ken Maynard 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Ken Maynard has 
been signed by Condor Pictures for 
a series of western pictures. 

Sabath, Garsson Confer Prior 
to Making Para., RKO Report 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Washington — Chairman Sabath of 
House special bankruptcy investiga- 
tion committee and Murray W. 
Garsson, chief of investigation, held 
a closed conference yesterday coin- 
cident with the opening of the sev- 
enty-fifth Congress discussing RKO 
and Paramount matters prior to sub- 
mitting a full report to Congress 
following extensive hearings the 
committee has held in various cities. 

Sabath yesterday reintroduced his 
bankruptcy bill in amended form 
aimed to correct such situations as 
presented by the Paramount and 
RKO cases. As amended yesterday, 
the Sabath bill gives the President 
power to appoint one of the gov- 
ernment bureaus as conservator. A 
previous Sabath bill gave this power 
to the comptroller. 

Sabath told The Film Daily he 
doubted if his report would be is- 
sued before next week as a great 
deal of evidence from recent Chicago 
hearings remained to be checked. 
Recommendations for specific action 
by federal or state authorities will 
be included. 

Flu Closes All Houses 

in Harlan County, Ky. 

Cumberland, Ky. — The influenza 
epidemic now raging in Harlan coun- 
ty has closed all theaters here as 
well as in Benham, Harlan, Lewellyn 
and Evarts. 

Deny Major Producers will 
Cut Down on "B" Pictures 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Officials of the Asso- 
ciation of Motion Picture Produc- 
ers emphatically deny that major 
producers have agreed to cut down 
on the number of "B" 1 pictures. 
They declare the subject has never 
been discussed. 

Barney Rapp to Marry 

Barney Rapp, orchestra conduc- 
tor and composer, and Ruby Wright, 
soloist associated with his musical 
organization, will be married this 
afternoon at private ceremony. Fol- 
lowing a reception to friends at 
Terrace Room of Hotel New York- 
er in evening, the couple will board 
the S.S. Pilsudski for a honeymoon 
cruise to West Indies. On return 
they will reside at Rapp's home, 244 
West 74th St. 

Odets-Rainer to Wed 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Clifford Odets, play- 
wright, and Luise Rainer, Viennese 
film actress, will be married next 
Friday at her Brentwood Heights 
home, according to present plans. 
She has followed screen career for 
past two years in Hollywood, where 
Odets is now a scenarist. 

Coming and Going 

NOAH BEERY, sailed yesterday aboard Hie 
Champlain. The actor is again bound for 
the new Herbert Wilcox studios where he will 
star in a film as yet untitled. 

GEORGE KRASKA, manager of the Fine Arts 
Theater, Boston, is spending this week m. 
New York City. 

LULI DESTE, Continental screen star, who 
will first be seen in this country in Columbia's 
forthcoming "Thunder in the City," left for! 
Hollywood yesterday on the Century. 

J. J. DONOVAN and A. C. ROY, general 
manager and sales manager respectively of 
General Electric's Air Conditioning Division 
sail for Bermuda today on the Queen of 
Bermuda with 180 members of the company's 
technical and sales staffs. 

SOL A. ROSENBLATT returns to New York 
in one week from a Southern cruise. 

LOUISE FAZENDA is staying at the Lombardy 

GEORGE HIRLIMAN has arrived in New York 
from Hollywood. 

ings for the Aquitania on its Jan. 13 trip 
from New York en route to England. 

HERBERT T. SILVERBERG, Buffalo film at- 
torney planed to New York yesterday, return- 
ing tomorrow. 


BERNIE returns Saturday from 
returns today 

from Washington. 

SI FABIAN returns Friday from Albany. 

MARY J. KRELLBERG leaves for Miami Sat- 

HAL HORNE arrived last night by plane 
from the Coast. 

NATE BLUMBERG leaves Saturday for San 

ING, RKO Radio field representatives, left New 
York for their posts last night. 

M. H. HOFFMAN is in New York from Holly- 

NEIL F. AGNEW is due in Washington Jan. 
25 from Hollywood. 

FRED LEONARD, secretary to Arthur Lyons, 
has come to New York from the coast owing 
to the death of his mother. 

VINCENTE MINNELLi leaves New York Sun- 
day for the Coast. 

WILLIAM F. RODGERS, who has gone to 
Florida, returns to New York in three weeks. 






A constant source of gratification to 
Warner Oland is the stream of commen- 
datory letters he receives from Chinese 
film fans for his interpretation of the 
Chinese detective, Charlie Chan. 


"College Holiday" In 3rd 

"College Holiday," the Jack Ben- 
ny, Burns and Allen, Martha Raye 
and Mary Boland musical, starts a 
third consecutive week at the New 
York Paramount Theater today. 



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Boston— The U. S. Circuit Court 
of Appeals, in a decision, affirms 
the dismissal order of the District 
Court which found in favor of the 
B. G. Film Co., sponsor of "Parlay 
Cash Night" and defendant in an 
infringement suit brought by Affili- 
ated Enterprises, Inc., handling 
"Bank Night" in the New England 
territory. The U. S. District Court 
has previously ruled that both cash 
plans were lotteries and had dis- 
missed the suit as not subject to 
legal protection. 

The Court of Appeals ruled that 
the giveaway plan was in public 
domain and, therefore, had no prop- 
erty rights that could be appropri- 
ated. The judges stated, in their 
decision, "As the system has not 
been copyrighted and, being in no 
sense a writing, could not be and 
had not been patented, if it could 
be, we are constrained to hold that, 
although plaintiff has expended 
time and money in originating and 
developing a system, it had no prop- 
erty right therein which has been 
appropriated by the defendants. 
While the plaintiff restricts operat- 
ing under the system to _ its li- 
censees, by its very nature, in order 
for it to operate, knowledge thereof 
must be thrown open to the public 
and any property right based upon 
secrecy was lost as early, at least, 
as the first public exhibition, and 
there was no surreptitious appropri- 
ation of knowledge of the system 
by the defendants." 

The findings of the judges were as 
follows: "We think the dismissal 
of the bill of complaint on the 
ground stated was erroneous. Al- 
though we do not agree with the 
District Court that the bill should 
be dismissed on the ground there 
given, we do hold, for the reasons 
above stated, that the order of the 
District Court dismissing the bill 
must be affirmed." 

Zanuck and Clark Will 

Plan '37-38 Pictures 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

tures for the current year schedule, 
which calls for 56 productions as a 
total. Deal with Lesser is expect- 
ed to be renewed. 

Date of the production meetings 
will be contingent upon availability 
of Zanuck. Afterwards Clark will 
stop off at Kansas City to hold a 
district managers' session before re- 
turning to New York. 

That Luck o' the Schencks 

Loew Circuit district managers flocked 
to Skouras' Granada the other night 
to witness the premiere of the new 
game, Ten-o-win, in that circuit. And 
George Schenck, Brooklyn district man- 
ager for Loew's and brother of Nick 
Schenck, was one of the winners. 

▼ T ▼ 

• • • TOMORROW NITE in Hollywood there will be a 
huge dinner on one of the largest sound stages in the Paramount 
studios to honor one of the truly great pioneers in the in- 
dustry Adolph Zukor who tomorrow celebrates his 

sixty-fourth birthday and his twenty-fifth year of active partici- 
pation in the motion picture business so Paramount is ap- 
propriately honoring its chief with an International Silver Jubi- 
lee that will see some of the company's foremost attractions 
released during the four-month Jubilee drive 

T T T 

• • • AMONG THOSE in attendance at the studio din- 
ner, sponsored by the Paramount Studio Club, are some indi- 
viduals who have been with the company for many years 

there is Vincent Trotta from the home office, who is starting 

his twenty-third year with Paramount Frank Meyer, who 

first worked at the Chelsea studios and now is purchasing agent 
Charles Gartner, Mathilda Kass, and Belle Goldstein 

T T T 

• • • THE FIRST art department for the original Para- 
mount Pictures Distributing Corp. was started by Vince Trotta 

when they were located in the World Tower building on 

West 40th Street and Vince remembers many of the vet- 
erans who were his co-workers following the merger of Zukor's 
Famous Players with the Paramount group then headed by W. 
W. Hodkinson Trotta's co-workers included Hiram Abrams, 
Al Lichtman, John Flinn, Sid Kent and Ben Schulberg 

T T T 

• • • AND THAT Paramount trade-mark was created 

by the Lesan Agency it was symbolic of the height of 

everything so they took the point of the high mountain 

with the stars as its dome and that is Paramount as it 

is known to millions of picture fans today in the old days 

of film peddling a company's trade-mark was a vital thing 

T T T 

• • • THE BIRTHDAY dinner tomorrow nite at the 

studio will be followed by a dance and entertainment the 

air show will be broadcast over a coast-to-coast NBC network 

from 11:45 to 12:45, received over WJZ in the east the 

talent will include Ben Blue, Bob Burns, Charles Butterworth, 

Bing Crosby, Johnny Downs Dorothy Lamour, Carole 

Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross 

Gladys Swarthout, Eleanor Whitney 

T T T 

• • • FOR YOU exhibitors these Jubilee weeks can be 

made very profitable by following the manual that has 

been specially prepared to help you put over the Paramount 

bookings it contains concise and practical promotion stuff 

ranging from the screen and the house front to news- 
papers, radio and the local merchants contests and civic 

celebrations and some grand national tie-ups on Jubilee 

pictures that extend day and date cooperation to assure you 
the breaks right in your own town 

• • • WE ARE glad to note that Bob Cohen, assistant 
to Harold Winston in Columbia's talent dep't, has sold his third 

novel "Beauty Wanted," to Phoenix Press Cohen's 

play, "Lady In Waiting," was produced in stock a couple of 

seasons ago he is working on a new one busy lad, 

Bob a prolific writin' guy like this should be at the com- 
pany studio 

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by an organization bulletin an- 
nounced yesterday. 

In addition to the annual banquet, 
which may be speechless, there will 
be an exhibition of new equipment 
with manufacturers and dealers co- 
operating. Booth reservations will 
be accepted by Feb. 1. 

Arrangements are being made for 
special convention trains from New 
York, Chicago and New Orleans, 
with special through cars from other 
points, arranged by local exhibitors, 
to be picked up en route. The New 
York M. P. T. 0. A. special train 
will probably run as a second sec- 
tion of the Atlantic Coast Line's 
Florida Special, leaving Sunday 
night, Mar. 14, and arriving at Mi- 
ami Tuesday morning. It will pick 
up groups from Philadelphia, Wash- 
ington, Richmond, Charlotte, and 
Atlanta, where the Chicago, Cin- 
cinnati, Denver, Omaha, Kansas 
City, St. Louis and Memphis sec- 
tions can join up. The coast, Okla- 
homa City and Dallas contingents 
can converge on New Orleans. 

Reduced round-trip fares will be 
from 1M to \ l fa times the one way 
fares. Special rates have been ar- 
ranged at the Miami Biltmore, 
Roney Plaza and the Casa Loma 

Canadian Copyright Appeal 
Board Fixes Music Levies 

(Continued from Page 1) 

seats or over and others 10 cents 
per seat. 

All fees over $40 per annum may 
be paid quarterly or half yearly in 
advance. Fees under $40 must be 
paid annually in advance but 60 days 
grace are allowed. 

There can be no change in these 
rates until next November when the 
Copyright Appeal Board will meet 
to fix the fees for 1938. 

"Champagne Waltz" to Have 
20 World Capital Openings 

(Continued from Page 1) 

at Washington will be signalized by 
a dinner which will be attended by 
Adolph Zukor, Neil F. Agnew and 
other executives. Foreign openings 
will be under supervision of John 
W. Hicks, foreign department head. 
Date tentatively set is Jan. 22. At 
Washington it is possible that the 
premiere will be held on one night 
and the dinner on another. 

Oh, Yeah! 

Syracuse — On Albert Gilbert's Riviera 

Free $75 in cash tonite 
"Yours For the Asking" 

J P r The riot in the death house! . . 
J L C Row an uproar! Missiles flying! 

. Murderers' 
. . . Tear-gas 

creeping! . . . Machine guns rattling . . . Prisoners in 
revolt, screaming: "Don't let that innocent boy die!" 

Q r r Inside secrets of prison life ... The prison 
OCC grapevine telegraph in action ... a message 

hammered in code over the waterpipes through the 

walls: "Thompson's not guilty!" 

new methods of scientific detection! 
gerprints found by new methods! . . . 


crimes solved in the laboratory 

. . Fin- 

Jf[ Gangland in action, as killers hold up a factory, 
) EL L snatch the payroll and shoot their way out! 


"Truth serum" in use! ... A "squeal" wrung 
from the lips of the man who killed a squealer. 

Qrr the inside workings of the scaffold ... as the 
vLL cannon ball rolls down the tracks and springs 
the trap that hurls men to doom! 

The frenzied mob howled for his life! . . . 
Torn from the arms of his sweetheart, 
he was railroaded to murderers' row! 
. . . Innocent, he faced a thousand living 
deaths in prison, though his sentence 
demanded but one! 


j| MEN^HO^ ^ 




An Edward Small Production 
Directed by Christy Cabanne 

R K O 






Wednesday, Jan. 6, 19:! 

Adolph Zukor: Story of a Great Showmai 

OF Adolph Zukor, Para- 
mount's board chairman, 
whose silver jubilee is now 
being celebrated in commemo- 
ration of his 25 years' film in- 
dustry activity, it is well said, 
"He put business into motion 
pictures and motion pictures 
into business." 

To the less well-informed, and 
their number will include many 
within the industry itself, the hold- 
ing of the jubilee at this particu- 
lar time may seem somewhat illogi- 
cal; for Paramount did not exist in 
1912, and Zukor himself has worked 
with motion pictures for more than 
30 years. But all the old-timers 
only recognize that it has a perfect 

The year 1912 is a date as defi- 
nite and significant in the story of 
the American motion picture as 
1776 in the history of the American 
republic. It was the moment when 
the film, hitherto the brief, flickery 
staple of five-cent shows in the 
poorer quarters, moved onto Broad- 
way and onto the Rialtos of all our 
other cities. A magic transforma- 
tion followed. 

Taking one great figure of the 
early days as an example, in 1910 
or 1911 Mary Pickford, already the 
leading American cinema actress, 
was working like a drudge for $50 a 
week as the anonymous star of 
jerky, hurried one-reel films whose 
occasional production today raises 
no emotion but laughter. By 1916 
she had signed a contract for $1,- 
200,000 a year. 

This was not merely the emer- 
gence of a star; the business itself 
had moved upward with her. 

=i: * * 

Columbus of the Industry 

DY 1912, the film was getting ready 
to burst through the bounds 
drawn about it by shortsighted, 
hidebound men interested only in 
the mechanics of a new invention 
and oblivious to its possibilities as 
an art or a form of entertainment. 
But so, before Columbus made his 
voyage, was Europe all set to dis- 
cover America. 

Zukor actually, more than any 
other man, perhaps, was the Colum- 
bus of the American motion picture 

Zukor and Bunyan 

When Adolph Zukor was learning 
English in New York, he studied "Pil- 
grim's Progress." It became his favo- 
rite English classic. He always kept his 
old, thumbed, school copy. In the years 
just before 1912, when he was full of 
the idea that the long film was on its 
way, he set out to equip himself as a 
producer. Part of his self-imposed train- 
ing consisted in making a series of 
scenarios out of "Pilgrim's Progress." 
This apprentice work will, of course, 
never see the Kleig lights; the theme 
is not suited to the general screen. But 
his ideas, as a director and a showman, 
have somewhat the same undecorated 
effectiveness as Bunyan's. 

Zukor and the Advent of "Continuity" Writing 

In the early days of the Famous Players Company, Adolph Zukor, Daniel Frohman, 
Mary Pickford, and directors like Porter and Dawley, used to meet after dinner at 
Frohman's apartment, over the Empire Theater, to "fix up stories." Really, they were 
writing "continuity" — transforming successful stage plays, like "The Count of Monte 
Cristo" and "The Prisoner of Zenda," into the language of the screen. 

Zukor entered these sessions worn out with eight or 10 harassed hours at the 
office, but the survivors of the group remember yet with what freshness and enthusiasm 
he threw himself into this job. He was pioneering, here as elsewhere — learning, and 
teaching others, how to make a point that is effective on the stage or the page 
effective on the screen also. Some of his devices, thrashed out in Frohman's studios, 
are going yet. 

as an art and industry. It was he 
who, standing virtually alone 
against his world, maintained that 
an audience would sit for a whole 
evening watching with interest a 
silent film, that stars of shadowland 
could be exploited as easily and 
profitably as stars of the spoken 
theater, and that the crude trade of 
making motion pictures had in it 
the possibilities of real art. 

In 1912, Zukor, defying his ad- 
visers, broke loose and threw all he 
had into a daring venture. He 
threaded the edge of bankruptcy be- 
fore he won, gloriously and sensa- 
tionally, and the world followed 

To say that Zukor landed at Cas- 
tle Garden, a penniless orphan boy 
and rose to the command of millions 
of dollars is merely to repeat one 
of those old American "Success- 
stories" less honored today than 
they were a generation ago. But 
to say that by one venturesome act 
he founded America's most publi- 
cized industry explains his right 
to a jubilee in 1937. 

Came to U. S. at 16 

y^UKOR was born in Ricse, Hun- 
gary, Jan. 7, 1873. At the age 
of 16 he came to America, arriving 
in New York with just $25 sewn in 
the lining of his clothing. His first 
job, in a fur store, brought a weekly 
pay envelope containing $2.00. But 
while he toiled diligently by day to 
learn his new-found trade, he also 
went to night school to expand his 
knowledge of English and to learn 
what he could of American business 

Four years later, in Chicago, he 
had his own fur business. And 
shortly, the business prospering, he 

Business necessitated his return 
to New York in the early 1900's. 
There he experienced his first con- 
tact with the entertainment world, 
through investment in a company 
formed to conduct Penny Arcades, 
the glittering new amusement places 
filled with penny-in-the-slot moving 
picture machines, phonographs with 
earphones for individual listeners, 
fortune telling machines and other 

Gradually the Penny Arcades not 
only showed increasing profits but 
began to absorb more and more of 
Mr. Zukor's interest. A subsidiary 
company was formed in association 

with Marcus Loew, to exploit the 
idea in other cities. 

In 1905 he withdrew from the 
Penny Arcades and identified him- 
self with William A. Brady in a 
partnership formed to operate Hales 
Tours, a chain of imitation railroad 
carriages which jolted and creaked 
realistically, while on a screen at 
one end scenic pictures were dis- 

Sought Better Pictures 

AS interest in this novelty waned 
and the supply of two-reel mo- 
tion pictures became more plentiful, 
Zukor dispensed with the train ma- 
chinery and opened five-cent "store 
shows." As an exhibitor, he cam- 
paigned constantly for a better 
grade of pictures. He became con- 
vinced that narrative films of great- 
er length would win public favor. 
But the trust which controlled pro- 
duction at the time could see no 
reason to depart from the estab- 
lished practice of limiting subjects 
to two-reels. 

Zukor decided to become a pro- 
ducer. He haunted D. W. Griffith's 
sets, watching the companies at 
work. He evolved scenarios from 
classics. He was determined that 
his company would present actors 
and actresses of standing in the 
theater, in full-length screen plays. 
And long before the company actu- 
ally was organized, he decided upon 
the motto which was to announce 
his product for many years, "Fa- 
mous Players in Famous Plays." 

At this time he was able to ob- 
tain the American rights to "Queen 
Elizabeth," a four-reel picture star- 
ring the divine Sarah Bernhardt, 
which had been produced in France. 
Broadway thought him a hopeless 
optimist. People would not go for 
that highbrow stuff, the gossips 

Yet the public did enjoy it. And 
gave tangible proof of their inter- 
est at the box-office. Thus it re- 
mained for this picture, the first 
really artistic, full-length screen 
play shown in America, to pave the 
way for the abandonment of two- 
reelers and adoption of feature- 
length subjects, in which form the 
motion picture has continued to this 

Formed Famous Players 
T AUNCHING his production plans, 
Zukor formed the Famous Play- 

ers Film Company in 1912, in as^ 
ciation with Daniel Frohman. 

First three pictures released 
the new company were James 
Hackett's "Prisoner of Zenda," "T 
Count of Monte Cristo," with Jam, 
O'Neill, and "Tess of the D'urb* 
villes," with Minnie Maddern Fisl 
Ethel Barrymore was won ov 
from the theater temporarily. Th, 
Mary Pickford came into the fo 
And after her a long list of fame 
stars through the years. 

The success attending Fame 
Players' first pictures gave impet 
to other new production compan 
entering the field. Zukor's conv 
tion that the public would respo 
to better pictures was being provi 
And among the new companies W( 
the Jesse L. Lasky Feature PI 
Company and Bosworth t Inc., for t 
distribution of whose pictures \ 
Paramount Pictures Corporati 
was formed. 

In July, 1916, the Famous Playt 
Film Company and the Jesse \ 
Lasky Feature Play Company wci 
combined under the name of i 
Famous Players-Lasky Corporati 
Later the same year, the Oliv 
Morosco Photoplay Company a 
Dallas Pictures, the output of B 
worth, Inc., were absorbed, as v 
the Paramount Pictures Corporat 
on January 1, 1917. 

"Paramount" Preserved 
^LTHOUGH the last named c 
poration disappeared as a se] 
rate entity, the name "Paramoui 
has been preserved, thanks to 1 
sagacity of Zukor, and today Pa 
mount Pictures literally encircle 

To the producing and distribute 
organization which has grown fr 
so humble a beginning 25 years a 
scores of the world's leading sen 
personalities owe their success. 

Mr. and Mrs. Zukor (nee Ka 
man) now live in Hollywood, 1 
retain their beautiful country est 
at New City, Rockland County, N 

They have one son, Eugene 
Zukor, who is associated with 
father in business; a daughter, 1; 
dred (Mrs. Arthur Loew); f< 
grandsons, James R., Adolph < 
Eugene Zukor, Jr., and Art] 
Loew, Jr., and a granddaughr 
Jane Constance Loew. 

Zukor and Values 

Between 1912 and 1919, Adolph 
Zukor had arisen from a small show 
man in Union Square, New York, witl 
personal capital of three or four hun- 
dred thousand dollars, to leadership anc 
control of the Paramount Famou: 
Players-Lasky combination of motior 
picture producers and distributors, ratec 
in its annual statement at $39,000,000 
This sum did not represent the mert 
regrouping of values which existed sever 
years before. It meant new values; anc 
Zukor, with his revolutionary idea c 
bringing the film from Hester Streei 
onto Broadway, from Poverty Hollow 
onto Main Street, was their main ere 
a tor. 


jdnesday, Jan. 6, 1937 



^industry Leaders Praise Service of Zukor 

ILL H. HAYS, President, Motion 
'■ Picture Producers and Distribu- 
i L ors of America, Inc.: 

To Adolph Zukor the public and 

'j > industry alike owe a deep debt 

'] gratitude. Through the years his 

rship has been an inspiration 

;] us all. His accomplishments speak 

i re eloquently than any words we 
J n say. We honor him on this 
T'.ver Jubilee. We wish him long 

ars of continued health and hap- 

aess and success." 

>SEPH M. SCHENCK, Chairman 
of the Board of Directors, 20th 
Century -Fop;: 

"Adolph Zukor established him- 
Pi'lf as a leader and a giant in mo- 
r »n pictures 25 years ago when, 
s ; ist to realize the artistic possibili- 
ties of the screen, he brought to it 
rah Bernhardt in 'Queen Eliza- 
th.' His business brilliance and 
5 personal integrity have always 
en an inspiration to our industry." 

% M. WARNER, President of 

5 "It is a genuine pleasure and a 
,gh privilege to have this oppor- 
nity to hail Adolph Zukor on his 
Iver Jubilee in the motion picture 
dustry. I have long admired him 
id valued his friendship as a per- 
■nal possession. His character and 
)ility have made him a figure of 
hom all of us may well be proud." 

. H. COCHRANE, President, Uni- 
versal Pictures Corporation: 

"Adolph Zukor deserves praise 

•om everyone who ever looked at 

moving picture. He has been a 

tost progressive force in the indus- 

y and I take pleasure in hailing 

:; 'im as a leader, as a competitor and 

s a friend." 


"During my 30 years of constant 
association, both socially and in bus- 
iness with Adolph Zukor, I am in a 
position to add my encomiums of 
unstinted praise and admiration. It 
is my opinion that Adolph Zukor 
has been a great credit and benefit 
to the motion picture industry. His 
reputation for honorability and fair 
play, and a high standard of busi- 
ness ethics, is too well-known and 
established to need any further tes- 
timony from me. I am happy and 
honored to have been able to call 
him a sincere friend." 

;•; jEO H. SPITZ, President of RKO: 

1 "No finer character stands out in 

he world of motion picture produc- 

1 ion today than Adolph Zukor who 

,;aas given 25 long years of devoted 

Effort toward upbuilding and 

'strengthening of this industry. It 
fis an honor, a privilege and a pleas- 
ure to know him. No words of mine 
*an sum up high regard in which he 

:s deservedly held by his friends and associates. May he con- 
I tinue for many years to give wise 

counsel and courageous efforts to 

; the problems that interest us so 

; deeply." 

hi. J. YATES, President, Consoli- 
dated Film Industries, Inc.: 

"Not many men can look back up- 
on their 25 years in business with 
i such well earned satisfaction as 
•Adolph Zukor. Mr. Zukor can be 
proud of the many contributions he 
has made to the motion picture in- 
: dustry. His courage, his vision, his 
; sure-fire showmanship have contrib- 
uted glamour and excitement to the 
history of motion pictures." 

E. W. HAMMONS, President of 
Educational Pictures : 

"No man has more notably con- 
tributed to the progress and devel- 
opment of the motion picture indus- 
try, continuously, for so long a pe- 
riod of time, than Adolph Zukor. 
In a very real sense it was his 
original basic idea that signalled the 
tremendous forward surge of the 
screen after its earlier days of ex- 

"This modest, quiet gentleman 
would have been an honor to any 
industry with which he might have 
associated himself. The motion pic- 
ture has been especially fortunate 
in his participation in the making 
of screen history. 

"No man in our business is held 
in higher personal esteem. No man 
more richly deserves the honors now 
being paid to him. And it is a priv- 
ilege to add a sincere expression of 
my own high personal regard to 
this celebration of his Jubilee. 

"A great man! May he enjoy 
many more years in which to con- 
tinue his great service to the 

W. RAY JOHNSTON, President of 
Sterling Pictures Corporation : 

"Twenty-five years of accomplish- 
ment have won for Adolph Zukor 
the admiration and affection of the 
entire industry. Ever a powerful 
influence for its advancement, mo- 
tion pictures owe him a great debt 
which we are all proud to acknowl- 
edge. His preeminent position to- 
day is sufficient testimony to his 
worth as a great executive and as 
a man." 

BARNEY BALABAN, President of 
Paramount Pictures, Inc.: 

"Congratulations on your Silver 
Jubilee anniversary. I join every- 
one in the industry in paying tribute 
to your unequaled record of leader- 
ship and achievement during a quar- 
ter century of activity in which you 
always have been in the front rank 
of those bringing the best into the 
world of entertainment." 


"In paying tribute to Adolph 
Zukor, the motion picture industry 
is recognizing a quai'ter century of 
achievement unsurpassed by any in- 
dividual in any other business. More 
than that, we are honoring a great 
man for his personal qualities which 
have endeared him to his associates 
and friends. 

"I am proud to have been asso- 
ciated with Adolph Zukor in an in- 
timate affiliation which extended 
from the pioneering days of the in- 
dustry to the present era. And I 
am especially happy that he is re- 
ceiving, at this time, such deserved 
recognition of his accomplishments 
and his personal attributes. The 
name of Adolph Zukor will live im- 
memorially in the annals of the 

ED KUY KENDALL, President of 
the M. P. T. O. A.: 

"This is a fitting tribute to a 
man who might well be called a 
symbol of the motion picture indus- 
try. Few members of our indus- 
try, if any, have played so vital a 
part in its development as Adolph 

DARRYL F. ZANUCK, Vice-Presi- 
dent in Charge of Production, 
20th Century-Fox. 

"In a hand that reveals its own- 
er's courage, vision, ability and 
downright honesty, Adolph Zukor 
has written many of the most im- 
portant pages in the industry of 
motion pictures during the last 25 

SIDNEY R. KENT, President, 20th 
Century-Fox Film Corp.: 

"I am glad of the opportunity of 
paying tribute to my friend, Adolph 
Zukor, as a small part of the cele- 
bration of his 25 years in the motion 
picture business. 

"The name of Mr. Zukor is prac- 
tically the name of the motion pic- 
ture industry. 

"Over many years' association 
with him, I have known him as a 
man who consistently has had the 
well-being of the entire industry 
at heart. With his many friends 
throughout the world, I want to 
offer to Mr. Zukor and his organi- 
zation my sincerest congratula- 

dent of Loew's, Inc.: 

"Adolph Zukor deserves the grati- 
tude of every individual in our in- 
dustry for his constructive and 
pioneering efforts to elevate to a 
higher standard the accomplish- 
ments of the motion picture. His 
25 years of faithful service stand 
as a monument in the forward 
march of the industry." 

NED E. DEPINET, Vice-President 
in Charge of Distribution, RKO 
Radio Pictures: 

"I am very happy to join Adolph 
Zukor's legion of friends in con- 
gratulating him upon his 25th anni- 
versary in the motion picture busi- 
ness and I wish him many, many 
more years of health, happiness, suc- 
cess and helpful service to our in- 

"Certainly Mr. Zukor has had con- 
siderable to do with the advance- 
ment and growth of the motion pic- 
ture business,, in production, dis- 
tribution and exhibition. He has 
since his start, discovered and de- 
veloped many of the biggest stars 
and directors, filmed the finest of 
stories, and presented a big share 
of the most important productions. 

"I am sure that not only all those 
in the business, but the world in 
general, consider Adolph Zukor as 
one of the most accomplished and 
outstanding figures in the entertain- 
ment field of the past quarter cen- 
tury and he is well deserving of all 
the honors that can be heaped upon 
him on this accasion. 

JACK L. WARNER, Warners' pro- 
duction chief: 

"To Adolph Zukor: Heartiest con- 
gratulations on the completion of 25 
years with your company during 
which time it has made notable 
strides under your astute manage- 
ment. The entire motion picture in- 
dustry is indebted to you for your 
accomplishments during the past 
quarter of century." 

HARRY COHN, President of Co- 
lumbia Pictures: 

"We join the entire motion pic- 
ture industry in saluting Adolph 
Zukor for his many achievements 
during 25 years in this business." 

ARTHUR A. LEE, Vice-President 
and General Manager of GB Pic- 
tures : 

"I am happy to join Adolph 
Zukor's countless friends in cele- 
brating the completion of his 25th 
year in the motion picture industry. 
I want to express my admiration 
not only for his brilliant career, 
which is a matter of record, but 
especially for the man whose acu- 
meh and ability have contributed so 
much prestige to the development of 
screen entertainment." 

A. W. (Andy) SMITH, United Art- 
ists Sales Chief: 

"Mr. Zukor's position in the in- 
dustry is supreme. On his 25th 
jubilee I hasten to join with the 
legions of his admirers who salute 
him as one of our really great lead- 
ers. To him may be attributed in 
large measure the growth and sta- 
bility of the motion picture busi- 
ness. It is indeed an honor to honor 

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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1937 

Heart-Warming Tributes Paid to Zukor 

(Continued from Preceding Page) 

M. H. AYLESWORTH, Chairman 
Radio Keith Orpheum Corp.: 

"The Motion Picture Industry is 
grateful and fortunate that the dean 
of our Industry is guiding the des- 
tiny of the great Paramount Corpo- 
ration in Hollywood, the heart of 
motion picture production. 

"Adolph Zukor is admired, re- 
spected and loved hy every man and 
woman in our business, and his in- 
tegrity together with his wise coun- 
sel to the Motion Picture Industry 
at Hollywood means much to all of 
us at a time when we are produc- 
ing our greatest pictures, with a 
new spirit of cooperation through- 
out the entire industry at Holly- 

"Mr. Zukor is a born leader and 
not only retains the friendship of 
those who have spent their lives in 
our business, but especially of those 
of us newcomers who have been 
helped and inspired by his friendly 

"I am grateful that the National 
Broadcasting Company will carry to 
the entire nation the Adolph Zukor 
Jubilee on the night of January 7th. 
Those of us who must remain in 
New York will have the opnortunity 
to sit in at the banquet table and 
toast his long life, good health and 

Vice-President of United Artists: 

"I deem it a privilege to extend 
my heartfelt greetings to Adolph 
Zukor on his 25th anniversary in 
the industry. In my long associa- 
tion with him, I learned much from 
his guidance, his sympathetic un- 
derstanding and his perseverance. 
It is my earnest hope that all of us 
may benefit from his example for 
many years to come." 

President of Warners: 

"The personality of Adolph Zukor 
has been an asset to the motion pic- 
ture business since the pioneer days 
to which our minds are recalled by 
this celebration of his Silver Jubi- 
lee. He has always been a builder. 
May he have 25 more years of out- 
standing accomplishment! The in- 
dustry needs men like Adolph 
Zukor, and never more so than to- 

Sales Manager of GB Pictures: 

"I am proud that my friendship 
with Adoph Zukor dates back to the 
days when his pioneering spirit and 
great courage prompted him to pro- 
duce the first feature length film the 
world had ever seen. I knew him 
then as I do today — a man whose 
outstanding personality, clear vi- 
sion, and distinguished work have 
earned him the gratitude and ap- 
plause of the entire motion picture 

eral Counsel, M. P. P. D. A.: 

"It has been my privilege to know 
Adolph Zukor for a good many 
years and this association with him 
I count among the most cherished 
friendships of my life. He is a lov- 
able character and to all of us his 
career is a noble and inspiring ex- 
ample. I am honored to express 
my affection, my gratitude and my 
appreciation to Adolph Zukor." 

SAM DEMBOW, JR., General Man- 
ager of National Screen Service: 

"The honor now being accorded 
Adolph Zukor is one richly deserved. 
In the entire annals of the motion 
picture industry, few men, if any, 
have contributed so much to its de- 
velopment and prestige. The tribute 
is not Paramount's alone. It is the 
entire industry's." 

EMANUEL COHEN, President of 
Major Pictures Corp.: 

"Adolph Zukor merits the pre- 
eminent place in the gallery of the 
great accorded him by the entire 
motion picture industry. 

"As pioneer, trail-blazer and 
builder, his contributions will long 

"On this, the advent of his 25th 
Anniversary of constructive service, 
my congratulations and best 

WILLIAM GOETZ, Vice-President 
of 20th Century-Fox: 

"The unfaltering courage, confi- 
dence, foresight and square dealing 
of a few men, of which Adolph 
Zukor has been an inspired leader, 
have enabled this industry to reach 
its present high place. My congrat- 
ulations to a splendid gentleman." 

GRAD SEARS, Warner's Sales 

"Adolph Zukor is one of the great 
men who have built up the film in- 
dustry to the position in which it 
stands today. Without him we 
should have sorely missed much of 
the vision and driving force that 
have meant so much to the progress 
of motion pictures. I take off my 
hat with the rest of the industry 
to Mr. Zukor on his Silver Jubilee, 
wishing him many more years of 
splendid achievement." 

J. ROBERT RUBIN, Vice-President 
and General Counsel, Loew's, Inc. : 

"No roll call of film fame would 
be complete without grateful ac- 
knowledgment on the part of the 
entire motion picture industry to 
Adolph Zukor for his great and 
lasting contributions to the per- 
petuation of the screen as a domi- 
nant force in modern life. I am 
happy to congratulate Mr. Zukor on 
his Silver Anniversary and hope he 
will serve for twice as many years." 

EDGAR S. BLOOM, President of 
Electrical Research Products, Inc. : 

"In rounding out a quarter of a 
century of active service to the mo- 
tion picture industry, Adolph Zukor 
stands unique as one who not only 
witnessed the birth of a great enter- 
prise, but in addition provided dis- 
tinguished leadership at the time of 
its renaissance when the silent 
screen found its voice. 

"I join with the entire industry 
in paying tribute to Mr. Zukor, and 
in extending to him personally and 
on behalf of the communications in- 
dustry our sincere good wishes for 
his continued success." 

S. J. BRISKIN, Vice-President in 
Charge of Production, RKO Ra- 

"Adolph Zukor has been for more 
than two decades an outstanding 
figure in the motion picture indus- 
try. Universally recognized as one 
of the pioneers in the industry, his 
courage and honesty have never 
been questioned. It is more than 
fitting and proper that we pay trib- 
ute on his Silver Jubilee to a man 
who has earned the gratitude of 
millions for his splendid part in 
placing the American motion pic- 
tures on the high plane it occupies 

JACK COHN, Vice-president of Co- 
lumbia Pictures: 

"The greatest tribute one can pay 
Adolph Zukor on the Silver Jubilee 
Celebration of his great career in 
motion pictures is to emphasize 
those achievements which have 
made him, for many years, an out- 
standing figure in the film industry. 
Experience has played a vital part 
in making Adolph Zukor an impor- 
tant personality in the cinema world 
— that experience, which is gained 
only by long association with an 
industry, has helped guide him past 
many pitfalls and has enabled him 
to emerge a victorious figure. When 
one points to his guiding genius as 
head of Paramount Pictures; when I 
mention, briefly, that Adolph Zukor 
long has been dominant in motion 
picture activity; when I state that 
under his wise and far-seeing guid- 
ance, backed by experience and 
knowledge, he has steered his com- 
pany faithfully from success to suc- 
cess, I merely exphasize the pride 
in which we, his associates in the 
film world, hold Adolph Zukor." 

JOHN HICKS, JR., Vice-President, 
Paramount Pictures, Inc. : 

"On behalf of all those in the ser- 
vice of Paramount in its fields of ac- 
tivities in foreign lands, I wish to 
extend to you, on this happy anni- 
versary of your birthday, my best 
wishes and my congratulations on 
your countless achievements and 
unparalleled record during 25 years 
as a leader of the motion picture 

Inc., Sales Chief: 

"It is with great satisfaction that 
I am able to add my own small bit 
to the public tribute being given one 
of the Titans of the motion picture 
field. Adolph Zukor's quarter-cen- 
tury of creative contribution to 
motion pictures stand out as one of 
Lhe big reasons why Hollywood 
means what it does today to the 
world at large." 

NEIL AGNEW, Vice - President, 
Paramount Pictures, Inc.: 

"I find great pleasure in being 
among those who send you greet- 
ings and best wishes on this happy 
anniversary of your natal day and 
on the occasion of the Silver Jubi- 
lee in celebration of your comple- 
tion of a quarter of a century of 
service to the motion picture indus- 
try and the men and women en- 
gaged in the greatest of all the 
fields of entertainment." 

production chief : 

"The opportunity to join in tribute 
to Adolph Zukor on attainment of 
his twenty-fifth anniversary in mo- 
tion pictures, which Paramount 
most fittingly is celebrating with a 
Silver Jubilee in his honor, is an 
unusually rare privilege. For Adolph 
Zukor certainly is outstanding 
among pioneers in business. His 
early fight from the very formation 
of Famous Players in 1912 for 
presentation of established stars in 
worthy screen vehicles of greater 
length than the then customary two 
reels pointed the way for develop- 
ment of today's feature picture, 
which holds so lofty a place in en- 
tertainment scheme of things. Think- 
ing always of his company's inter- 
est and development of a greater 
future for motion pictures rather 
than of himself, he finds himself 
now the only one among the screen 
pioneers who remains at the produc- 
tion helm of company he founded. 
It is most appropriate that at this 
silver jubilee time he is in Holly- 
wood guiding Paramount's film mak- 
ing, for in such a capacity his inti- 
mates feel he is happier than in any 
other niche after a quarter century 
during which demands of business 
gave him all too little time for the 
creative effort for which he is so 
well equipped. This would seem to 
be the finest possible sort of reward." 

HARRY M. GOETZ,, President of 
Reliance Pictures: 

"Joining with the entire industry, 
I wish to extend my congratula- 
tions to Adolph Zukor on the occa- 
sion of his silver jubilee in the mo- 
tion picture business. The celebra- 
tion in his honor is a fitting tribute 
to a man who has figured so promi- 
nently in its affairs over a long 
period of years." 

(Continued on Page 11) 

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1937 



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T ILY PONS, whose current mu- 
1 " sical, "That Girl from Paris," is 
scoring a tremendous hit at Radio 
City Music Hall and many key 
cities, has signed on the dotted line 
for another yearly picture with 
RKO Radio. Due to opera and con- 
cert work the diva makes only one 
film year, and that after her con- 
cert season is over. From present 
plans she hopes to reach the Holly- 
wood studios again in October. 

Ann Sothern, John Beal, Preston 
Foster, and Hermes Pan, currently 
developing the ensembles for "Step- 
ping Toes," and P. J. Wolfsoi\ 
screen playwright, have also been 
signed for the ensuing year. 

▼ T T 

Gladys Swarthout, former Metro- 
politan Opera singer co-starred with 
Fred MacMurray in "Champagne 
Waltz," yesterday was given a new 
contract by Paramount. The com- 
pany announced that Miss Swarth- 
out's next film assignment will be 
the leading feminine role in "The 
Life and Loves of Victor Herbert," 
to be produced by Benjamin Glazer 
from a story by Gilbert Gabriel, 
dramatic critic of the New York 

Miss Swarthout will be a guest 
at the birthday dinner given Adolph 
Zukor in Paramount's Hollywood 
studio tomorrow night and the fol- 
lowing day will leave on a concert 
tour which will include engage- 
ments in Detroit, South Bend, At- 
lanta, Savannah, Asheville, Mem- 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 21 • • • 
LJARLAN THOMPSON. Paramount producer. Future in Hollywood was 
' ' made a certainty when he co-produced and co-directed "Blessed Event" 
on Broadway. Was born in Hannibal, Sept. 24, 1890. Studied chemical engi- 
neering at University of Kansas and became 
chemical instructor in junior year. Worked 
on Kansas City Post and Kansas City Star. Re- 
entered university, specializing in journalism. 
Edited Daily Kansasan, was Sunday editor, dra- 
matic critic and assistant city editor of Kansas 
City Star. Commanding officer of 615 Aero 
Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, and 167 Aero 
Squadron in England. Wrote "Man Hunt," one- 
act play for vaudeville and amateur production 
which ran for more than 5 years. Became fea- 
ture writer on New York World. Wrote "Lit- 
tle Jessie James," which ran more than a year 
on Broadway. Affiliations: Fox, Paramount. 
First picture for which he wrote original and 
screen play, "Hot News." Married to Marian 
Spitzer of Paramount ediotrial board. Has new- 
ly-born son. Hair, blond. Eyes, blue. Stands 5, 9. 

phis, Chicago, Gary, Jamestown, N. 
Y., Toronto, Washington, D. C, Bos- 
ton, Harrisburg and Akron. 

Lief Erikson, has been assigned 
to play the leading male role in "Sat- 
urday Nights Free," Paramount's 
film version of a play by George 
Abbott and John V. A. Weaver. 
Mary Carlisle, who recently re- 
turned to Hollywood after working 
in a London-produced film, was giv- 
en the leading feminine role in the 
picture which will have June Mar- 

from Collier's Magazine accepting a 

tel and Cecil Cunningham in fea- 
tured parts. 

T T T 

Isobel Stuart, script girl in Para- 
mount's Hollywood studio for eight 
years, has joined the ranks of fic- 
tion writers. 

Opening her mail yesterday on the 
set of "Waikiki Wedding," where 
she is working with Bing Crosby, 
Martha Raye and Bob Burns, Miss 
Stuart found a check and a letter 
story she had written, titled "Script 

Zukor Medallions go to 

11 More Theater Owners 

The special silver medallions, 
commemorating the showing of 
"Queen Elizabeth" starring Sarah 
Bernhardt in the first full-length 
production the medium through 
which Adolph Zukor pioneered in 
feature pictures as know T n today, are 
now being distributed through 
the various Paramount exchanges 
throughout the country to the exhi- 
bitors who played "Queen Eliza- 
beth" when it was first released in 

As additions to the 387 exhibitors 
previously mentioned for these me- 
dallions, names of 11 more theater- 
owners were announced yesterday. 

Included in this new group, which 
makes 398 showmen in all, are: 

Chicago : Harry Foster. 

Dallas: E. H. Rowley and H. B. Robb, 
Dallas; Yuill Robb, Big Springs, Tex. 

Kansas City : Arthur H. Cole and R. C. 
LiBeau, Kansas City; A. L. Hackett, Fair- 
fax, Mo. ; Hugh Gardner, Neosho, Mo. ; Mrs. 
Rolla Booth, Rich Hill. Mo. 

Canadian : George Cook, Picton, Ont. ; 
Sam Lester, Toronto, Ont. 

Congratulatory Messages Hail Career of Zukor 

(Continued from Page 10) 

Brandt Pictures Moving 

Joe Brandt Pictures is moving 
from 1270 Sixth Ave. to 630 Ninth 

ident, Paramount Pictures, Inc.: 

"As one who has been associated 
with you through many years as an 
exhibitor of the pictures you pro- 
duced, as an officer of the great 
company which you founded and as 
a close friend of long standing, I 
find a deep and sincere pleasure in 
joining motion picture men in all 
parts of the nation who, on this 
anniversary of your birthday, are 
sending you their best wishes and 
their congratulations on your tri- 
umphant conclusion of 25 years of 
achievement and success in the mo- 
tion picture business." 

AL LICHTMAN, Vice-President of 
Loew's, Inc. : 

"It is one of my happiest recollec- 
tions that I was associated with 
Adolph Zukor during my period of 
service as sales manager for Fa- 
mous Players. It would be hard to 
find a man who, both in his private 
attributes and qualities of public 
achievement, embodies the ideals of 
our profession better than Mr. 

JULES LEVY, General Sales Man- 
ager, RKO Radio Pictures: 

"It is my great pleasure to ex- 
tend congratulations to one of the 
film world's leading pioneers and 
executives, Adolph Zukor, on the eve 
of his Twenty-fifth year in our in- 

"The great advancement in pro- 
duction, distribution and other 
phases in the development of mo- 
tion pictures, to this day is greatly 
responsible to the fine business acu- 
men, intelligence, and foresight of 
this great figure. 

"Therefore, I share with pleasure, 
the fulfillment of 25 years of un- 
flinching service of the industry's 
oldest leader." 

AUSTIN KEOUGH, Secretary, 
Paramount Pictures, Inc.: 

"Please accept my heartiest con- 
gratulations on the auspicious oc- 
casion of the opening of the world- 
wide celebration of your Silver Jub- 
ilee in commemoration of the quar- 
ter of a century which you have 
dedicated to the world of entertain- 

Harriet Hilliard, who recently re- 
sumed an active career, will return 
to the RKO Radio studios on Feb- 
ruary 1st and immediately begin 
work, playing one of the leading 
roles in "New Faces of 1937," the 
musical which is to be produced 
by Edward Small. 

T T T 

Because Alexander Hall was 
stricken with pleurisy several days 
ago Rowland V. Lee has been as- 
signed by RKO Radio officials to fin- 
ish directing "Robber Barons," the 
picture based on the life of Jim 
Fisk, and which has a cast including 
Edward Arnold, Frances Farmer, 
Cary Grant and Jack Oakie. 

Paramount is building an imita- 
tion St. Moritz winter playground 
in Sun Valley, Idaho, for filming 
exterior scenes in "I Met Him in 
Paris," to be produced and directed 
by Wesley Ruggles with Claudette 
Colbert and Robert Young in the 
leading roles. A 50-room Swiss 
chalet and a lake for use as an out- 
door ice skating rink are being built 
near Ketchum in Sun Valley by 
Paramount workmen being directed 
by Ruggles in Hollywood over long- 
distance phone. 

Ruggles and Arthur Jacobson, as- 
sistant director, are interviewing 
1,000 extras and bit players this 
week. From this number 100 who 
are able to skate and ski will bo 
selected to leave Hollywood late in 
January for the 1,100 mile journey 
to Sun Valley. 

Nuovo Mondo Moved 

Nuovo Mondo has moved from the 
RKO building to 630 Ninth Ave., 
suite 604. 

ment as a leader of the motion pic- 
ture industry." 

B. P. SCHULBERG, Producer: 

"Twenty-five years ago, as Adolph 
Zukor's first publicity agent, I is- 
sued a statement prophesying that 
he would be the leading figure of 
the film world. Today, I am mak- 
ing the same statement with more 
confidence in its verity than I had 

HAL B. WALLIS, production execu- 
tive : 

"Please permit me to add by con- 
gratulations to host of others you 
are receiving upon your twenty-fifth 
anniversary of association with 
Paramount Pictures. My sincerest 
wishes for next twenty-five years." 

HARRY SHERMAN, Producer of 
"Hop-along Cassidy" series for 
Paramount : 

"Heartiest congratulations on your 
twenty-fifth anniversary in motion 
picture business." 



Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1937 

See Atlas Corp. Firm on 
RKO Reorganization Plan 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Rockefeller claim adjudged outside 
the claims of other unsecured credi- 
tors because it is separately treated 
under the plan, and also have re- 
moved the $1,200,000 claim of Time, 
Inc. from the general creditor class 
on the ground that Time, having a 
distribution contract with RKO Ra- 
dio, is not in the same position as 
other general creditors. 

This would put the unsecured com- 
mittee in a position where its con- 
sent might be required for approval 
of the plan. 

Celler to Reintroduce His 

Block Booking Measure 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Need for enactment 
of block-booking legislation is not 
so strong as at previous sessions of 
Congress due to "self-liberalizacion" 
of producer-distributor contracts to 
exhibitors and the popularity of 
duoble features, Congressman Cel- 
ler told The Film Daily yesterday 
before leaving for New York. Cel- 
ler, however, announced he is re- 
introducing his block-booking bill 
in revised form on his return next 
week. This would complete the trio 
of anti-block-booking bills facing 
the last Congress. Others are spon- 
sored by Congressmen Pettengill 
and Culkin with the former in pre- 
ferred position. Celler announced 
that Federal Trade Commission au- 
thorities are now revising the meas- 
ure with him pending remtroduc- 

Celler declared he would first 
press for enactment of his rein- 
troduced bill to repeal the law 
against transporting fight films. He 
hopes to bring this measure up for 
consideration by the House Inter- 
state and Foreign Commerce Com- 
mittee under the new chairmanship 
of Congressman Lea of California 
early in the session. 

McCarey, MacMurray and 
McCrea on the Sick List 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Leo McCarey, pro- 
ducing and directing "The Years 
Are So Long," and Joel McCrea. 
playing the leading male role in "In- 
ternes Can't Take Money," are at 
home suffering from influenza. 

Carole Lombard, recovered from 
the cold from which she has been 
suffering since Christmas, returned 
to work yesterday in her role in 
"Swing High, Swing Low," which 
Mitchell Leisen is directing. 

Fred MacMurray, co-starred with 
Miss Lombard in the picture, is ill 
and will not be able to appear be- 
fore the cameras for three days. 

IkvJLtws of Hew films 


with Jane Darwell, Sara Haden, Lois Wilson, 
Maragaret Hamilton, Pert Kelton, 
John Carradine 
20th Century-Fox 67 mins. 


Audiences comprising heavy percentage 
of family trade will find this feature, rich 
in character acting, pleasant entertainment. 
There is clean, refreshing, sincere ring to 
the story which tells of the trial of an 
innocent youth for murder, and his gaining 
of eventual freedom through the sympathetic 
support of a clever, middle-aged woman 
who is publisher of a small town news- 
paper. The jury convicts the boy, but he 
escapes and takes refuge in her house on 
Thanksgiving Eve. The friendly local sheriff 
knows of the boy's presence there and 
attempts to have him taken back to jail 
so that his chances for a second trial will 
not be jeopardized. But a villainous deputy 
wounds him. During all the hectic happen- 
ings on this particular night, nobody sus- 
pects that the woman publisher has planned 
carefully to get the real murderer to con- 
fess, which he does when the trap is sprung. 
The boy, in love with a young girl in the 
community, is enabled to go free and 
marry his sweetheart, Jane Darwell, who 
champions their romance and fights to see 
justice done, is cast in the role of the lady 
publisher. She moves through the screen- 
play with consummate skill, and entirely 
aside from the general appeal of the pic- 
ture, her acting in itself is worth seeing. 
Margaret Hamilton supplies much mirth as 
the gossipy, old-maid seamstress. Allen 
Lane, as the wrongfully accused youth; 
Delma Byron as his sweetheart, and Edward 
Acuff and Lois Wilson are the quartette 
supplying the love interest. Performances 
of remaining cast members are top-notch. 
Bows are due Frank Strayer for fine direc- 
tion; Robert Ellis and Helen Logan for 
smooth screenplay; and to Barney McGill 
for photography. 

Cast: Jane Darwell, Sara Haden, Lois 
Wilson, Margaret Hamilton, Delma Byron, 
Allan Lane, Pert Kelton, John Carradine, 
James Burke, Russell Hicks, Edward Acuff, 
Frank Reicher, William Benedict, Edward 

Associate Producer, Max Golden; Director, 
Frank R. Strayer; Author, Adelyn Bushnell; 
Screenplay, Robert Ellis, Helen Logan; Cam- 
eraman, Barney McGill; Editor, Nick De- 

Diretcion, Fine. Photography, Tops. 

Milton E. Greenwood Dies 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Milton E. Green- 
wood, for the past 12 years general 
studio manager for M-G-M, died of 
a heart attack yesterday. 

June Clyde III Abroad 

London (By Cable) — June Clyde 
was stricken with "four-day flu" 
while working in "Intimate Rela- 
tions" being made by Tudor Films. 

Son for Kennedys 

Omaha — A son was born in an 
Omaha hospital to Mrs. C. How- 
ard Kennedy, whose husband and 
father-in-law, H. F. Kennedy, oper- 
ate the Bow and Lyric at Broken 
Row, Neb. 


with Jean Muir, Warren Hull 
Warners 64 mins. 


Whenever you find Jean Muir in these 
Class B pictures of Warners, you are as- 
sured of a Class A performance from a 
very charming girl who should be a Class A 
star. At Class B prices, you exhibs are get- 
ting a bargain. Besides Jean, the entire 
cast is exceptionally competent. The story 
deals with a transcontinental airplane flying 
east. On board is a murderer, a G-Man 
after a suspect disguised as a woman, a 
reporter, and sundry other passengers, all 
interesting characters. Suddenly a man is 
murdered aboard ship. In the excitement, 
the murderer takes control with his trusty 
gun, and orders the pilot to veer from his 
course and make for a certain town. A 
dust storm arises suddenly, and causes a 
forced landing. Then the drama develops 
with a series of exciting episodes unfolding. 
Jean Muir is the air hostess with one of the 
pilots and the reporter falling in love with 
her as the dramatic events develop. Warren 
Hull as the reporter is very natural and con- 
vincing, also Gordon Oliver, the pilot. 
Howard Phillips is the master mind, and 
does an impressive job. Carlyle Moore, Jr., 
the co-pilot, Winifred Shaw and Mary Treen 
turn in very worthy characterizations. Some 
difficult photography was capably handled 
by Fred Jackman and Ted McCord. The 
direction by Nick Grinde takes advantage 
of every dramatic situation. 

Cast: Jean Muir, Warren Hull,- Gordon 
Oliver, Carlyle Moore, Jr., Howard Phillips, 
Winifred Shaw, Mary Treen, John Lite!, 
Gordon Elliott, Gordon Hart, Nedda Harri- 
gan, John Kelly, Joe Cunningham, Don Bar- 
clay, Charles Foy, Spencer Charters, Lillian 
Harmer, Tom Jackson. 

Director, Nick Grinde; Author, George 
Bricker, Screenplay, same; Editor, Frank 
Dewar; Cameramen, Ted McCord, Fred 

Direction, Clever. Photography, Very good. 

RKO Radio Field Men Close 
Two-Day N. Y. Conference 

RKO Radio field representatives 
concluded a two-day conference at 
the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday at 
which changes in branch administra- 
tive methods in view of the past 
year's experience, contract liquida- 
tion and other matters came up. 

A. A. Schubart, manager of the 
contract department presided. Field 
representatives who attended in- 
cluded Elmer Sedin, R. A. O'Brien, 
Robert E. Helms. J. Emmett Cash- 
man, W. J. McShea, J. J. Schnitzer 
and John A. Downing. M. G. Pol- 
ler, in charge of contract liquida- 
tion at the home office, also addressed 
the meeting. The representatives 
departed for their posts last night. 

Plan All-Kid Westerns 

San Antonio — Kier-Phillips (Na- 
tional Pictures) productions here 
have plans for a series of all-kid 

Intermountain Theaters 

Adds Four More Houses 

Salt Lake City — Acquisition of the 
1,810-seat Orpheum and the 400-seat 
Studio theatres in Salt Lake City 
and the Crest and Strand theaters 
in Provo, Utah, by the Intermoun- 
tain Theaters, Inc., is announced by 
Harry David, general manager. The 
houses were purchased from the Fox 
Utah Theaters Company. 

The Intermountain Theaters Com- 
pany already now operating the 
Capitol, Paramount and Victory of 
Salt Lake City as well as 22 other 
houses in Utah, Idaho and Montana. 

The Capitol, Paramount, Victory and 
Orpheum will continue first-run policies while 
the Studio will exhibit each week the out- 
standing productions shown previously in the 
four first-run houses. 

The Intermountain Theaters has purchased 
the building and the equipment of the Orphe- 
um theater, the ground being owned by the 
W. H. Mclntyer Co. here. The Fox company 
assigned its Studio theater lease to the new 

C. Clare Woods, former Salt Lake City 
Paramount theater manager and more recent- 
ly advertising executive, will be the Orpheum 
manager, with Ray Taylor as assistant man- 
ager. Taylor is being transferred from the 
Victory here. 

Paul Hendry, now managing the Victory, 
will take charge of the Studio theater, with 
Lynn Westover remaining as assistant mana- 
ger. Dowain Wright, now at the Paramount, 
becomes the Studio treasurer. 

Charles M. Pincus will come from Chicago 
to manage the Capitol theater, succeeding 
Nevin McCord, who will go to the Victory. 
Legrande Campbell, present assistant manager 
of the Orpheum, will assist Pincus. while Al- 
den Bassett, now at the Capitol, will be ad- 
vanced to assistant manager of the Victory. 

Willard Veght, Paramount, will be pro- 
moted to assistant purchasing agent for the 

Present staffs at the Orpheum and Studio 
theaters will be retained. David announces. 

Ray Sutton has been appointed manager of 
the former Crest theater at Provo, which has 
been renamed The Uinta. It is a 700 seat 
house. The company plans to remodel the 
Strand and reopen in the spring. 

Omaha House Boosts Scale 
And Ups Record by $2,000 

Omaha — The wisdom of Tri- 
States Theaters Corp. officials in 
raising prices of the 2,900-seat 
Paramount back to a 55-cent top 
was demonstrated when the first 
week under the new scale smashed 
the year's record by $2,000. 

Of course it was Christmas week, 
but the take exceeded that of the 
previous week, when a 40-cent top 
prevailed, by nearly $4,000. The 
bill, including "After the Thin 
Man" and "The Accusing Finger" 
was so successful it will be brought 
back for a return engagement, open- 
ing Jan. 7. 

12 Loew Houses Conduct 

Special Kiddies' Shows 

A dozen Loew circuit houses in 
Greater New York are now regu- 
larly conducting special children's 
shows Saturday mornings, in coop- 
eration with school motion picture 
groups, with advent of Loew's 
Sheridan to the list. Programs con- 
sisting of shorts, including cartoons, 
are given. 

Theaters participating in the 
move are Paradise, Avenue B, Com- 
modore, Sheridan, Boston Road, 
Burland, 157th St., Victory, Alpine, 
Boro Park, Premier and Boulevard. 




Intimate in 
Independent in Thought 



The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

VOL. 71, NO. 5 



6 Types of Film Measures Coming Up in Legislatures 


Administration Will Not Seek Revival of NRA Codes 

Pres. Roosevelt Sees State 

Laws Inadequate as 

Monopoly Curb 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — That the Adminis- 
tration definitely will not seek a 
constitutional amendment to legalize 
the NRA, thereby reviving the mo- 
tion picture and other codes, was 
indicated by President Roosevelt in 
his address to Congress yesterday. 

Regarding monopolies and unfair 
trade practices, the President, in 
part, said: "It is equally impossible 
to obtain curbs on monopoly, unfair 
trade practices and speculation by 
state action alone." 

Legislation to be proposed by the 

(Continued on Page 28) 

• ••••••• 





London (By Cable) — A receiver 
has been appointed for Twickenham 
Films, prominent independent com- 
pany headed by Julius Hagen. Lia- 
bilities are expected to be about $2,- 

English insurance companies and 

(Continued on Page 33) 

Paramount MPTOA Reply 
Waits on Agnew Return 

Announcement of Paramount's re- 
ply to the M. P. T. O. A. on its trade 
practice proposals will be held in 
abeyance pending return of Neil F. 
Agnew, general sales manager, to 
New York Jan. 25 from Hollywood 
and Washington. Loew's United Ar- 

(Continued on Page 30) 

1 1 Late Comers 

The nation's film critics and re- 
viewers were more prompt in return- 
ing their ballots this year, only 11 
ballots being received after closing of 
the poll Dec. 31. Last year 20 of the 
scribes sent in their selections too late 
to have them counted in. 

Mutiny on the Bounty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . . . 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town . . . Columbia 

The Great Ziegfeld Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . . . 

San Francisco Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . . . 

Dodsworth United Art-Sam'l Goldwyn 

The Story of Louis Pasteur. Warner Bros 

A Tale of Two Cities Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . . . 

Anthony Adverse Warner Bros 

The Green Pastures Warner Bros 

A Midsummer Night's Warner Bros 




Allied Will Concentrate on Theater 
Divorce and Anti-Playdate Measures 

As state legislative bodies swing 
into action coincidental with the 
opening of 1937, indications are that 
six types of measures will predomi- 
nate among those applying to the 
motion picture business. 

Allied, materializing its campaign 
against the major companies, will 
support measures seeking to com- 

pel producer-distributor organiza- 
tions to divorce their theater hold- 
ings and is also expected to intro- 
duce bills prohibiting compulsory 
designation of playdates. 

Other bills certain to be offered 
are those dealing with censorship, 
admission taxes, sales taxes and re- 
quiring two operators in a booth. 

The "TEN BEST" of 1936 

. . Attest Hollywood's Artistic and Commercial Supremacy. 
' By CHESTER B. BAHN ^-^=^=^^^= 

"THE clear-cut artistic and commercial supremacy of the American film industry is 
' signally instanced by the result of the 15th annual "Ten Best Pictures" poll. 

Not only are foreign productions missing from the 1936 "Ten Best," but their 
representation on the Honor Roll, composed of pictures which have received 10 or 
more votes, is scant indeed, being restricted to Alexander Korda's "The Ghost Goes 
West," a bit of satirical nose-thumbing at American expense, and Gaumont British's 
poignant "Nine Days a Queen." 

To at least some observers of the cinematic scene this critical verdict will be 
the most significant of all interesting poll sidelights, and they are many. For one 

(Continued on Page 28) 

523 Critics Cast Votes, With 

15th Poll Setting 

New High 

With critical interest touch- 
ing a new high, the total num- 
ber of votes cast going above 
the 500 mark for the first time 
in the poll's history, "Mutiny 
on the Bounty" finally emerges 
as the No. One picture of 1936 
in the 15th annual "Ten Best 
Pictures" canvass conducted 
by The Film Daily among 
the leading cinema critics and 
reviewers of the United States. 

The other nine "Best," as de- 
termined by the critical sym- 
posium, were named in the fol- 
lowing order: 

"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," 

(Continued on Page 28) 


Newspapers, both large and small, 
throughout the United States whose 
motion picture departments conduct- 
ed "Ten Best Pictures" polls in their 
respective territories in close asso- 
ciation with The Film Daily's own 
nation-wide symposium last night 
reported voting and circulation re- 
turns best described as "sensa- 

Buck Herzog, motion picture edi- 
tor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, tele- 

(Continued on Pane 33) 

Second All-Colored Cast 

With the selection of Warner's "The 
Green Pastures," the nation's critics 
have for the second time picked an 
all-colored cast picture as one of the 
"Ten Best." Back in 1929 the M-G-M 
King Vidor production "Hallelujah" was 
so honored. 





Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 

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Grand Nat'l Films... 35/ 8 33/ 3 3% + % 

Sonotone Corp 2 2 2 

Technicolor , 215/ 8 213/ 8 21 3/ 8 + 3 /8 

Trans-Lux 4l/ 4 4l/ 8 4l/ 4 — % 


Adolph Zukor 

Kenneth Thompson 

Ernest L. Robbins 

Roxy Reorganization Plan 
Hearing Deferred to Jan. 29 

Hearing on the Roxy reorganiza- 
tion plan has been postponed from 
Jan. 15 to Jan. 29 because the reor- 
ganization plan approved by the 
first mortgage bondholders' commit- 
tee has just been sent out to bond- 
holders. The plan provides for ac- 
quisition of the theater by 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox. Bondholders must make 
known their dissent to the plan with- 
in 20 days or they will be bound 
by it. 

Mo. May Increase Sales 

Levy From 1 to 2 P.C. 

Jefferson City, Mo. — Governor- 
Elect Lloyd C. Stark is expected to 
recommend to the Missouri General 
Assembly that the state sales tax 
rate be increased from 1 to 2 per 
cent. The additional revenue will 
be used for old-age pensions and 
unemployment relief. He will take 
office next week. 

Ascap Board to Take Up 

Warner Appeal Jan. 18 

Hearing on the Warner music 
firm appeal to the Ascap board of 
directors from decisions of the mu- 
sic society's classification committee 
has been postponed to Jan. 19. If 
the classification committee's rulings 
are reversed, the Warner firms will 
be entitled to receive additional sums 
of money from Ascap. 

Seven GB Features Set 

for Early U. S. Release 

Seven GB features are now sched- 
uled for early release, following run 
of "The Woman Alone," co-starring 
Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka, 
at the Roxy. Productions include: 
"Head Over Heels in Love," "Men 
of Affairs," "Strangers on a Honey- 
moon," "River of Unrest," The 
Trouble," '"The Great Barrier," 
"The Threat". 

Robb-Rowley Circuit Gives 
Bonus to Its 500 Employes 

Dallas — Its approximately 500 
employees of the Robb and Rowley 
circuit have received year-end bon- 
uses. Managers were given a 10 
per cent bonus and employees with 
more than five years' service, seven 
per cent, and under five years, five 
per cent. 

Mrs. Lottie Parker Dead 

Mrs. Lottie Blair Parker, author 
of stage play "Way Down East" 
which was twice adapted to screen 
in silent days and once since advent 
of talkies, died yesterday in her 
seventy-eighth year at her home in 
Great Neck, L. I. Early in career 
she was a successful actress, before 
becoming first woman to write for 
stage in this country. 

A. J. Balaban Talking F-M 

Partnership in St. Louis 

Further discussions of a plan un- 
der which A. J. Balaban, Jules Ru- 
bens, head of Great States circuit, 
and other Chicago film men would 
acquire a half-interest in Fanchon 
& Marco's 30 St. Louis houses will 
take place in St. Louis late next 
week, with Harry Arthur, president 
of F. & M., participating. Proposal 
under consideration would make 
Balaban president of the company. 
As yet the deal is only in the pre- 
liminary stage. 

Barnstyn Going Abroad to 

Close Distribution Deals 

Setting up of distribution deals 
in Europe for Grand National will 
be completed by Jack Barnstyn, 
head of the company's foreign de- 
partment, who sails from New York 
Wednesday on the Aquitania with 
plans for spending about three 
months abroad. British Isle distri- 
bution was arranged some months 
ago through Association British 
Film Distributors. 

Grand National has completed 
plans for handling its product in the 
Philippines through H. S. Everett. 

While Barnstyn is abroad, Ed- 
ward Ugast will pinch hit for him 
in charge of the department. 

Legal Skirmishing Delays 
Hearings in Fuller Action 

New Orleans — Legal skirmishing 
and technicalities are moving fur- 
ther hearings in the George Fuller 
anti-trust "conspiracy" case over 
until possibly Jan. 13 with federal 
Judge Wayne G. Borah yesterday 
ordering both lawyers to submit, if 
possible, their contentions in writ- 
ing to him before end of the week 
for study. 

ITOA to Renew Drive for 
Score Charge Elimination 

Plans for a renewed attempt to 
bring about elimination .of score 
charges and giveaways were dis- 
cussed by the I. T. O. A. at a spe- 
cial meeting yesterday at the Astor 
Hotel. The labor situation was also 
considered, as were plans for the 
annual ball Jan. 16. 

Bar Kids from Theaters 

In Scarlet Fever Drive 

Niles, O. — Children under 18 are 
barred from attending local theaters 
by order of Health Commissioner 
W. W. Werner in a move to pre- 
vent the spread of scarlet fever. 
Exhibitors are cooperating. 

Delisi Named Bank Head 

Nanty Glo, Pa. — Joseph L. Delisi, 
head of the Nanty Glo Amusement 
Co., was elected president of the 
Nanty-Glo National Bank here. 

Coming and Going 

JACK BARNSTYN sails from New York 
Wednesday on the Aquitania for Europe. 

turn to New York today from Florida. 

TRUDI SCHOOP, dancer and comedienne, 
with her ballet; the VIENNA BOYS CHOIR; 
and GASTON CHERAU, French author, arrive 
today from Europe on the Lafayette. 

GEORGE WIEGAND, comptroller for the 
St. Louis Amusement Co., has returned from a 
trip to New York. 

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, who had been ten- 
tatively planning a New York vacation on 
completion of "Call It A Day", has cancelled 
her plans to prepare for production on "The 
Great Lie," in which she will be starred. 

GEORGE WIEGAND, comptroller for the St. 
Louis Amusement Company has returned from 
a trip to New York. 

HARRY ASHER, franchise holder of General 
Pictures for the New England territory, is in 
New York conferring with Mack D. Wein- 
berger, General Sales Manager. 

Fortune Films to Handle 
Sound City Films in U. S. 

Al Friedlander, president of For- I 
tune. Films, has made a deal with 
Norman Louden, head of Sound City 
Studios providing for distribution of 
a number of Sound City productions 
here. Final details of the agree- 
ment will be worked out on Lou- 
den's return from Hollywood, where 
he went yesterday from New York. 

Max Alexander Signed by 
GN to Make Four Features 

Max Alexander has been signed 
by Grand National to make a series 
of four features. Alexander has 
been producing Rex Bell westerns 
for Grand National release. 

Sam Shumer has been signed as 
eastern story editor by Grand Na- 

Film Trade Board Installs 

New officers of the New York Film 
Board of Trade were installed last 
night at a dinner at the Hotel Lin- 
coln. A theater party at "The Show 
is On" at the Winter Garden fol- 
lowed. Officials installed included 
Leo Abrams as president. 


Today: Inauguration of the Adolph Zukor 
Silver Jubilee Sales Drive. 

Jan. 8-10: Paramount production conference, 

Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. 
Jan. 9: Stagehands Union ball, Hotel Taft, 

New Haven. 
Jan. 11: Buffalo Variety Club installation 

Jan. 16: I.T.O.A. annual party, the Waldorf 

Astoria, New York. 

Jan. 25: Kansas City (Mo.) Variety Club ball, 
Pla Mor ballroom. 

Feb. 3: Motion Picture Research Council's ( 
benefit performance of Ballet Russe, Oak- I 
land, Cal. 

Feb. 13: Columbian Club formal dance, Wal- 

April 9: Annual ball of the Press Photo- 
graphers at the Hotel Commodore. 





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1 "What a trip for 

tWO bits!" said 
Exhibitor Musselman of 

6 the Princess Theatre, 

\\ Lincoln, Nebraska 


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Thanks to Fitzpatrick's thrilling Travel talks! 

The selection of a short subject on your program is often 
the factor that sells your show against competition. A 
Fitzpatrick Traveltalk in Technicolor with exquisite music 
is a breathing- spell of beauty and fascination on a well- 
balanced program. Big city or small town, the folks watch 
for the de luxe cruises to far-off places that are so enjoy- 
able in the Fitzpatrick— M-G-M manner! 


in 3 -color Technicolor! Pride of M-G-M! 



— Taj Mahal, greatest memorial of man's 

love to woman; first time in full 3-color 

— $50,000 gold plate on one carriage 
— gold and silver cannons 
— 400 white horses identically matched 
— largest elephants in India with gold-knitted 

— all the wealth and grandeur of India in 

beautiful color and music 








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Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington, D. C. — The moot mo- 
tion picture section of Congressman 
Wright Patman's prospective bill to 
divorce manufacturing from retail- 
ing will definitely be omitted from 
the official draft of the second "Pat- 
man bill" the Texas congressman is 
introducing in about a fortnight, his 
office told inquirers last night. 

Patman in his statement said he 
proposed to change his new bill "so 
as to give the Federal Trade Com- 
mission the power to stop all manu- 
facturers from retailing where such 
retailing lessens competition, _ cre- 
ates a monopoly or where it injures 
the business of a customer of the 
manufacturer. The committee con- 
sidering the bill will also consider 
whether or not all manufacturers 
should be stopped from retailing so 
that the new proposal will open up 
the whole question before the com- 
mittee and before congress." 

Patman's office announced he 
would further explain the prospec- 
tive measure at press conference 

12 Holdover Engagements 
Set for "After Thin Man" 

Twelve holdover engagements for 
"After the Thin Man", new M-G-M 
pix which is setting box office rec- 
ords throughout the country, are an- 
nounced by the New York office. 

In addition to the Capitol The- 
ater, New York, where the film be- 
gins its second week tomorrow, "Af- 
ter the Thin Man" has been booked 
for extended engagements to date 
at the Grand Theater, Atlanta; Cen- 
tury Theater, Baltimore; Stillman 
Theater, Cleveland; State Theater, 
New Orleans; Regent Theater, Har- 
risburg; Poli Theater, Hartford; 
Vendome Theater, Nashville; Colon- 
ial Theater, Reading; Loew Theater, 
Washington and Philadelphia. 

Wrights Going South 

Canton, 0. — Dick Wright, north- 
ern Ohio district manager for War- 
ner Bros., accompanied by Mrs. 
Wright will leave shortly for a 
two-weeks vacation in Florida. War- 
ner houses here, at Akron and Mas- 
sillon are among those under 
Wright's supervision. 



Remove all waste matter, old papers, 
junk and rubbish of any sort from all 
parts of your theater, particularly from 
odd corners in the furnace room. 

• • • AN EMOTIONAL cyclone should be headed for 

your theater, Mr. Exhibitor if it is not, then get busy and 

contact your Warner exchange grab "Black Legion" 

the factual story of the hooded terroristic organization whose 

misdeeds monopolized the headlines a few weeks ago here 

is stark, brutal realism slammed across the screen in a way 

to make every observer gasp and THINK there are 

so few motion pictures that make the audience think, that this 
fact alone lifts it into a class almost by itself in contemporary 
screen fare 

T T T 

• • • HERE SEEMS to be a perfect example of a direc- 
tor and author working together as of one mind Robert 

Lord caught up the newspaper stories of the activities of the 
bigoted band and wove them into a dynamic, absorbing drama 

that moves as inexorably as fate itself to a terrific climax 

no punches pulled no sleazy happy ending . it leaves 

you stunned at the close . . and Director Archie Mayo took 
this script and breathed into it the breath of life with a hand- 
picked cast this story could so easily have slopped over 

become mawkish, sentimental, melodramatic, banal 

in the hands of less skillful author and director it would have 
misfired but in such competent hands it becomes the per- 
fect example of a factual story Actionized 

• • • IT IS essentially the story of one man's life that 

went plunging into stark tragedy Humphrey Bogart as the 

factory worker who is induced to join the vicious order, finds 
himself enmeshed deeper and deeper, and finally winding up by 

murdering his best friend here is an epic of irony 

for the factory lad had everything to live for and finishes 

with a life sentence through a coil of circumstance that had 

wound itself about him Warners have again cut loose from 

the routine and given the world a production of guts, of 

significance, of tremendous dramatic power 

T T T 

• • • SOURCES CLOSE to the White House told our 
correspondent that the motion picture industry has made a 
valuable contribution to contemporary history a collec- 
tion of President Roosevelt newsreel shots is being gathered 

and filed in the executive mansion the President is one of 

the biggest box-office attractions over 100 pictures have 

been catalogued 

T T T 

• • • WHAT IS amazing M-G-M executives that 

"After the Thin Man" is grossing to date approximately two 
and a half times the business that "The Thin Man" did in the 

same spots 24 holdovers have been registered up to the 

present, time in key cities 

T T T 

• • • THE OFFICE of Jacques Chambrun has placed 
William Brown Meloney's first novel, "Rush to the Sun," with 

Farrar and Rinehart Meloney is co-author with Rose 

Franken and John Balderston of "Beloved Enemy" . . . 

• Speaking of young women in the publicity end of the biz 
who are doing worthwhile work, there is Marion D. Spooner 

of Republic handling national tie-ups on the serial 

"Dick Tracy," f 'rinstance she lined up 26 national tie-ups 

(yes, we said 26) top that if you can real concerns, 

too, like Sinclair Oil, Wheaties, Lectrolite ... • Grace Ander- 
sen, aide to Gabriel Hess at the Hays office, has been crashing 
the newspapers with the escape of her tiger cat from her home 
in Lynbrook ... • Robert Mclntyre of the Sam Goldwyn 
office, has signed Leo and David Gorcey of the original "Dead 

End" company for the film version deal was handled by 

Central Artists Bureau 

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Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Although general 
public interest in television has sub- 
stantially increased, due to exten- 
sive publicity by certain large man- 
ufacturers of radio equipment and 
reports of development in European 
countries, the television art is not 
ready for public consumption, annual 
report of Federal Trade Commission 
revealed here yesterday. 

"The new rules governing the 
television broadcast stations are 
very specific in prohibiting the sale 
of programs". The report states, 
"the several licensees of television 
stations have recommended to the 
commission certain standards of 

Television broadcast stations, in- 
cidentally, or visual broadcast ser- 
vice is defined as "a service rendered 
by stations broadcasting images for 
general public reception, and sta- 
tions are licensed for the transmis- 
sion of transient visual images of 
moving or fixed objects for simul- 
taneous reception and reproduction 
by the general public." 

No new television stations were 
licensed during the fiscal year. 

"One in a Million" Leads 
"Sing", Gets 17 Holdovers 

First reports on 20th Century- 
Fox musical "One In A Million", 
received by John D. Clark, general 
manager in charge of distribution, 
tell of hold-overs in at least 17 first- 
run situations, including New York's 
Roxy. Although the picture is not 
scheduled to open in more than 100 
key cities until the week-end, its 
record to date in widely separated 
cities indicate it to be a greater 
money-musical than "Pigskin Pa- 
rade" or even "Sing, Baby, Sing," 
the home office said yesterday. 

In Albany the Sonja Henie de- 
but was almost twice as big as 
"Sing, Baby, Sing", and in Detroit 
its first three and a half days were 
50 per cent ahead of a whole week 
of either "Parade" or "Sing, Baby, 
Sing." In Seattle the first four 
days were 130 per cent over the 
highest mark for either of those 





The Marx Brothers are being taught 
tap and ballroom dancing by M-G-M 
dance director Dave Gould. — DAVE 







Ah AppuwatioH 


,S The Film Daily expresses its appreciation of the splendid 
co-operation accorded by the professional cinema critics and 
reviewers in this, the 15th annual "Ten Best Pictures" poll, it 
seems both fitting and proper to note what might appropriately 
be called the "by products" of these symposiums. 

That the polls, with their widespread stimulation of interest 
in motion pictures on the part of the general public, are of un- 
estimable value to the industry is at once apparent and a matter 
of record through the decade and a half that they have been 

That they further have played their part in the artistic ad- 
vancement of the cinema is likewise a truism. Producers, di- 
rectors, screenwrights, players and all others concerned with 
picture-making have been spurred to greater endeavor by the 
knowledge that the "Ten Best" distinction was in fact a national 
accolade, an honor beyond price. 

There is, however, another "by product" which seemingly 
has escaped attention. Reference is to the part that the annual 
polls have played in defining and raising critical standards, a 
matter that the reviewers and critics themselves are generous 
enough to mention in the many letters accompanying their 

Through the medium of the polls the Broadway and Main 
Street journalistic servants of the cinema find a common meet- 
ing ground for the evaluation of screen art. Criticism, it follows, 
is the better for that, and pictures will be increasingly so. 

The fact that, for the first time in the poll's history, more than 
500 critics and reviewers participated is most gratifying. The fact 
that a new record was set by the number of simultaneous polls 
conducted by newspapers throughout the United States is still 
more so. Both bespeak recognition of the cinema as a serious 
art form and as a vital, integral part of the American scheme 
of things. 

To the critics and to the papers they serve we of The Film 
Daily would extend not only our deepest appreciation but that 
as well of a great and sensitive industry. 



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OF 1936 

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Picture Distributor 

Mutiny on the Bounty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Columbia 

The Great Ziegfeld Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

San Francisco Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Dodsworth United Artists-Sam'l Goldwyn 254 

The Story of Louis Pasteur Warner Bros 250 

A Tale of Two Cities Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 235 

Anthony Adverse Warner Bros 231 

The Green Pastures Warner Bros 197 

A Midsummer Night's Dream..Warner Bros 166 


Picture and Distributor Votes 
The Magnificent Obsession — Universal 149 
Ah, Wilderness! — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 138 

Fury — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 129 

These Three — United Artists-Samuel 

Goldwyn 106 

My Man Godfrey — Universal 101 

Libeled Lady — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . 95 

Captain Blood — -Warner Bros 94 

The Petrified Forest — Warner Bros 93 

Rose Marie — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. . . 91 

Show Boat — Universal 82 

The Country Doctor — 20th Century-Fox 79 
The Ghost Goes West — United Artists- 

Korda 70 

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine — Para- 
mount 63 

Mary of Scotland — RKO Radio 57 

Modern Times — United Artists-Chaplin 56 
Little Lord Fauntleroy — United Artists- 
Selznick 49 

Picture and Distributor 


The Gorgeous Hussy — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 48 

Craig's Wife — Columbia 48 

The General Died at Dawn — Para- 
mount 47 

Nine Days a Queen — Gaumont British 47 

Swing Time — RKO Radio 42 

The Devil is a Sissy — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 40 

Come and Get It — United Artists- 
Samuel Goldwyn 36 

Valiant is the Word for Carrie — Para- 
mount 33 

The Big Broadcast of 1937 — Paramount 32 

Under Two Flags — 20th Century-Fox. . 31 
The Gay Desperado — United Artists- 

Pickford-Lasky 29 

Follow the Fleet— RKO Radio 27 

The Prisoner of Shark Island — 20th 

Century-Fox 27 

Picture and Distributor 


The Road to Glory — 20th Century-Fox. 27 

The White Angel— Warner Bros 27 

A Night at the Opera — Metro-Gold- 
wyn-Mayer 26 

The Garden of Allah — United Artists- 

Selznick 25 

To Mary — With Love — 20th Century- 
Fox 21 

Crime and Punishment — Columbia.... 18 

Ramona — 20th Century-Fox 18 

Ceiling Zero — Warner Bros 17 

Piccadilly Jim — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 16 

Desire — Paramount 15 

The Voice of Bugle Ann — Metro-Gold- 
wyn-Mayer 15 

The Last of the Mohicans — United 

Artists-Reliance 12 

Sing, Baby, Sing — 20th Century-Fox. . 12 

China Clipper — Warner Bros 10 

The King Steps Out — Columbia 10 



One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Associate Producer Albert Lewis 

Director Frank Lloyd 

Stars Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone 

Novel Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall 

Screenplay . . . Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Cary Wilson 

Cinematographer Arthur Edeson 

Recording Engineer Douglas Shearer 

Film Editor Margaret Booth 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Musical Score Herbert Stothart 

Press Agent Howard Dielz 

Produced at. . . . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 
General Release Dale November 8, 1935 


Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie 
Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Francis Lister, Spring 
Byington, Movita, Mamo, Ian Wolfe, Ivan Simpson, De Witt Jennings, Stanley 
Fields, Wallace Clark, Vernon Downing, Dick Winslow. 

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 193S 


Producer Frank Capra 

Director Frank Capra 

Star Gary Cooper 

Author. . . .Clarence Buddington Keiland (from "Opera Hat") 

Screenplay Robert Riskin 

Cinematographer Joseph Walker 

Recording Engineer Edward Bernds 

Film Editor Gene Havlick 

Art Director Stephen Goosson 

Costumer Samuel Lange 

Musical Director Howard Jackson 

Assistant Director C. C. Coleman 

Press Agent Hy Daab 

Produced at Columbia Pictures Studios, Hollywood 

Recording System Western Electric 

General Release Date April 12, 1936 


Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass 
Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, Margaret Matzenaur, H. B. Warner, Warren 
Hymer, Muriel Evans, Ruth Donnelly, Spencer Charters, Emma Dunn, Wyrley 
Birch, Arthur Hoyt, .Stanley Andrews, Pierre Watkins, John Wray, Christian 
Rub, Jameson Thomas, Mayo Methot, Russell Hicks, Gustav Von Seyffertitz, 
Edward Le Saint, Charles Levison, Irving Bacon, George Cooper. Gene Morgan, 
Walter Catlett, Barnett Parker, Margaret Seddon. Margaret McWade. 

A Columbia Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Hunt Stromberg 

Director Robert Z. Leonard 

Stars William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank 

Morgan, Fannie Brice, Virginia Bruce 

Story William Anthony McGuire 

Screenplay William Anthony McGuire 

Cinematographer Oliver T. Marsh 

Recording Engineer Douglas Shearer 

Film Editor William S. Gray 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Costumer Adrian 

Musical Director Arthur Lange 

Musical Numbers by. . .Walter Donaldson, Harold Adamson 

Harriet Hoctor Ballet Music by Con Conrad 

Dances and Ensembles staged by Seymour Felix 

Press Agent Howard Dietz 

Produced at ... . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 
General Release Date September 4, 1936 


William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Fannie Brice, 
Virginia Bruce, Reginald Owen. Ray Bolger, Ernest Cossart, Joseph Cawthorne, 
Nat Pendleton, Harriet Hoctor, Jean Chatburn, Paul Irving, Herman Bing. 
Charles Judels, Marcelle Corday, Raymond Walburn, A. A. Trimble, Buddy 

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 193S 


Producers John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman 

Director W. S. Van Dyke 

Stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy 

Story Robert Hopkins 

Screenplay Anita Loos 

Cinematographer Oliver T. Marsh 

Recording Engineer Douglas Shearer 

Film Editor Tom Held 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Costumer Adrian 

Musical Director Herbert Stothart 

Musical Numbers: 

"San Francisco." by Gus Kahn, Brinislau Koper, 

Walter Jurmann 

"Would You," by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed 

Dances Val Raset 

Press Agent Howard Dietz 

Produced at ... . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 
General Release Date June 26, 1936 


Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Ted Healey, 
Margaret Irving, Edgar Kennedy, William Ricciardi, Roger Imhof, Russell 
Simpson, Warren B. Hymer, Jessie Ralph, Shirley Ross, Harold Huber, Al 
Shean, Kenneth Harlan, Charles Judels, Bert Roach. 

A Metro-Goldivyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEIV BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Samuel Goldwyn 

Director William Wyler 

Featured Players Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary 

Astor, Paul Lukas, David Niven 

Author Sinclair Lewis 

Screenplay Sidney Howard 

Cinematographer Rudolph Mate 

Location Shots Harry Perry 

Recording Engineer Oscar Lagerstrom 

Film Editor Danny Mandel 

Art Director Richard Day 

Costumer Omar Kiam 

Musical Director Alfred Newman 

Assistant Director Eddie Bernoudy 

Press Agents Monroe Greenthal, Jock Lawrence 

Produced at United Artists Studios, Hollywood 

Recording System Western Electric 

General Release Date Sept. 18, 1936 


Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton. Mary Astor, Paul Lukas, David Niven, 
Gregory Gaye, Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya, Odette Myrtil, Kathryn Marlowe, 
John Payne, Spring Byington, Harlan Briggs, Charles Halton, Beatrice Maude. 

A United Artists Release 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Jack L. Warner 

Associate Executive in charge of Production .... Hal B. Wallis 

Supervisor Henry Blanke 

Director William Dieterle 

Star Paul Muni 

Original and Screenplay. .Sheridan Gibney, Pierre Collings 

Cinematographer Tony Gaudio 

Director of Recording Major Nathan Levinson 

Film Editor Ralph Dawson 

Art Director Robert M. Haas 

Costumer Milo Anderson 

Musical Director Leo F. Forbstein 

Assistant Director Frank Shaw 

Press Agent S. Charles Einfeld 

Produced at. . .Warner Bros.-First National Studios, Burbank 
General Release Date February 22, 1936 


Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods, Fritz 
Leiber, Henry O'Neill, Porter Hall, Raymond Brown. Akim Tamiroff, Halliwell 
Hobbes, Frank Reicher, Dickie Moore, Ruth Robinson, Walter Kingsford, Herbert 
Corthell. Iphigenie Castiglioni. 

A First National-Cosmopolitan Production 

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of two cities 

One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 193® 


Producer David O. Selznick 

Director Jack Conway 

Star Ronald Colman 

Author Charles Dickens 

Screenplay W. P. Lipscomb, S. N„ Behrman 

Cinematographer Oliver T. Marsh 

Recording Engineer Douglas Shearer 

Film Editor Conrad A. Nervig 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Costumer Dolly Tree 

Musical Director Herbert Stothart 

Press Agent Howard Dietz 

Produced at. . . . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 
General Release Date December 27. 1935 


Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allen, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Basil 
Rathbone, Blanche Yurka, Henry B. Walthall, Donald Woods, Walter Catlett, 
Fritz Leiber, H. B. Warner, Mitchell Lewis, Claude Gillingwater, Billy Bevan, 
Isabel Jewell, Lucille Laverne, Tully Marshall, Fay Chaldecott, Eily Malyon, 
E. E. Clive, Lawrence Grant, Robert Warwick, Ralf Harolde, John Davidson, 
Tom Ricketts, Donald Haines, Barlowe Borland. 

A Metro-Goldivyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Jack L. Warner 

Associate Executive in charge of Production. . .Hal B. Wallis 

Supervisor Henry Blanke 

Director Mervyn LeRoy 

Star Frederic March 

Novel Hervey Allen 

Screenplay Sheridan Gibney 

Cinematographer Tony Gaudio 

Director of Recording Major Nathan Levinson 

Film Editor Ralph Dawson 

Art Director Anton Grot 

Costumer Milo Anderson 

Original Musical Score Erich Wolfgang Korngold 

Operatic Sequences Aldo Franchetti 

Assistant Director Bill Cannon 

Press Agent S. Charles Einf eld 

Produced at. . .Warner Bros.-First National Studios, Burbank 

Recording System Western Electric 

General Release Date August 29, 1936 


Frederic March, Olivia de Havilland, Edmund Gwenn, Claude Rains, Anita 
Louise, Louis Hayward, Gale Sondergaard, Steffi Duna, Billy Mauch, Donald 
Woods, Akim Tamiroff, Ralph Morgan, Henry O'Neill, Pedro De Cordoba. 
George E. Stone, Louis Alberni, Fritz Leiber, Joseph Crehan, Rafaela Ottiano, 
Rollo Lloyd, Leonard' Mudie, Marilyn Knowlden, Mathilde Comont, Eily Malyon, 
J. Carroll Naish, Scotty Beckett, Paul Sotoff, Frank Reicher, Clara Blandick, 
Addison Richards, William Ricciardi, Grace Stafford, Boris Nicholai. 

A Warner Bros, Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Jack L. Warner 

Associate Executive in charge of Production. . .Hal B. Wallis 

Supervisor Henry Blanke 

Directors Marc Connelly, William Keighley 

Play by Marc Connelly 

From novel by ... Roark Bradford 

Screenplay by Marc Connelly, Sheridan Gibney 

Cinematographer Hal Mohr 

Director of Recording Major Nathan Levinson 

Film Editor George Amy 

Art Directors Allen Saalburg, Stanley Fleischer 

Costumer Milo Anderson 

Choral Music arranged and conducted by Hall Johnson 

Assistant Director Sherry Shourds 

Press Agent S. Charles Einf eld 

Produced at . . . Warner Bros.-First National Studios, Burbank 

Recording System Western Electric 

General Release Date August 1, 1936 


Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Eddie Anderson, Frank Wilson, George Reed, 
Abraham Gleaves, Myrtle Anderson, Al Stokes, Edna M. Harris, James Fuller, 
George Randol, Ida Forsyne, Ray Martin, Charles Andrews, Dudley Dickerson, 
Jimmy Burress, William Cumby, George Reed, Ivory Williams, David Bethea, 
Ernest Whitman, Reginald Fenderson, Slim Thompson, Clinton Rosamund, 
Hall Johnson Choir. 

A Warner Bros. Production 


One of the TEIV BEST PICTURES of 1936 


Producer Jack L. Warner 

Associate Executive in charge of Production. . .Hal B. Wallis 

Supervisor Henry Blanke 

Directors Max Reinhardt, William Dieterle 

Stars James Cagney, Joe E. Brown, Dick Powell 

Author William Shakespeare 

Arranged for Screen by. .Charles Kenyon, Mary McCall, Jr. 

Cinematographer Hal Mohr 

Director of Recording Major Nathan Levinson 

Film Editor Ralph Dawson 

Art Director Anton Grot 

Costumer Max Ree 

Music by Felix Mendelssohn 

Arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold 

Dance Directors Brinislava Nijinska, Nini Theilade 

Assistant Director Sherry Shourds 

Press Agent S. Charles Einfeld 

Produced at. .Warner Bros.-First National Studios, Burbank 

Recording System Western Electric 

General Release Date October 3, 1936 


James Cagney, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, Jean Muir, Hugh Herbert, Ian 
Hunter, Frank McHugh, Anita Louise, Victor Jory, Mickey Rooney, Olivia de 
Havilland, Dewey Robinson, Ross Alexander, Hobart Cavanaugh, Grant 
Mitchell, Otis Harlan, Nini Theilade, Arthur Treacher, Verree Teasdale, Billy 

A Warner Bros. Production 


Following is a list of the motion picture editors and critics whose 
votes made possible the selection of the Ten Best Pictures of 1936 



Vincent Townsend— News Age Herald. Birm- 
Ray E. Glenn— Post, Birmingham. 
Barrett C. Shelton— The Daily. Decatur. 
Harry P. Hall — The Journal. Dothan. 
Louis A. Eckl— The Times, Florence. 
Roy O'Neal— The Register. Huntsville. 
Herbert Lyons. Jr.— Press Register, Mobile. 


Alired W. Rose— The News, Camden. 
Margaret Hester— Times Record & Southwest 

American, Fort Smith. 
Agnes Watson— Daily Tribune, Jonesboro. 
Edgar B. Chestnutt— Arkansas Gazette, Little 

Leo D. Martin— Gazette, Texarkana. 


George M. Guest— Times-Star, Alameda. 
Clayton I. Ward— Post-Advocate, Alhambra. 
Floyd McCracken— Bulletin, Anaheim. 
Marion Nevin— Evening Star News, Culver 

City. _ 

Don O'Kane— Humboldt Standard, Eureka. 
Helen E. Steele— News-Press. Glendale. 
J. L. Rosenberg— Daily News, Inglewood. 
Vera Kackley — Press-Telegram, Long Beach. 
Jimmy Starr— Evening Herald & Express. Los 

Virginia Wright— Evening News, Los 

Philip K. Scheuer— Times. Los Angeles. 
Peninsula Herald. Monterey. 
Howard Waldorf— Post-Enguirer, Oakland. 
Wood Soanes— Tribune, Oakland. 
Alice Haines Baskin— Star-News, Pasadena. 
O. H. (Okey) King— Progress-Bulletin, Pomona. 
H. A. Hargraves— Daily Facts, Redlands. 
Leonard A. Hartman— Daily Press, Riverside. 
Hamilton L. Hintz— The Bee, Sacramento. 
Don H. Short— Evening Tribune, San Diego. 
Willis Werner— The Sun, San Diego. 
Maurice Savage— Union-Tribune, San Diego. 
Stanley J. Waldorf — News, San Jose. 
Litti Paulding— Daily News, Santa Barabara. 
Fred McPherson, Jr.— Sentinel, Santa Cruz. 
Peggy B. Heacock— Tribune, South Gate. 
Mel Bennett — Record, Stockton. 
R. B. Kennedy— News, Whittier. 


Betty Craig — Post, Denver. 
Alberta Pike — Rocky Mountain News, Denver. 
Idell Durrett— Rocky Mountain News, Denver. 
James A. McCain— Express-Courier, Fort 

Hazel A. Smith— Star-Journal & Chieftain, 

F. E. Winsor — Chronicle-News, Trinidad. 


Leo Miller — Herald, Bridgeport. 
Humphrey Doulens — Post, Bridgeport. 
James E. Hague— Times-Star, Bridgeport. 
Curtiss A. Wilson — News-Times, Danbury. 
Julian B. Tuthill — Daily Times, Hartford. 
Edward Reynolds — Sentinel. South Norwalk. 
Dean Hunt — Advocate, Stamford. 
John H. Thompson — Register, Torrington. 
George T. Dillon — Democrat, Waterbury. 


About The 


This is the 15th annual poll. 

Pictures were selected from a ballot 
supplied by THE FILM DAILY. Only 
features released between November 1, 
1935, and October 31, 1936 were in- 
cluded on this ballot. 

A total of 523 critics voted. Late bal- 
lots brought the total of critics heard 
from up to 534. 

More than 500 newspapers are rep- 
resented with a total circulation of 
more than 25,000,000. 

Millions mere will hear the Ten Best 
dramatized tonight on the nationwide 
"March of Time" broadcast. 

Pictures receiving one or more votes 
totaled 149. 

The Honor Roll of pictures receiving 
10 or more votes had 44 pictures, 
against 49 last year. 

It is estimated that at least 50 mo- 
lion picture editors and theaters con- 
ducted "local" Ten Best ballots using 
the official Film Daily list to judge 


Harris Samonisky — Journal-Every Evening, 

Frances W. Merchant — Morning News, Wil- 

Henry L. Sholly — Sunday Morning Star, Wil- 


Don Craig — Daily News, Washington. 
Betty Hynes — Herald, Washington. 
Nelson B. Bell — Post, Washington. 
Andrew R. Kelly — Times, Washington. 


Cleone F. Hawkins — Polk County Record, 

Herbert M. Davidson — News-Tribune, Daytona 

Jean Henderson — Florida Times-Union, Jack- 

H. W. Schaefer — The Floridian, Jacksonville. 
Miriam Bell — Daily News, Miami. 
W. W. (Buddy) Wilson — The Record, St. 

A. R. Dunlap — Evening Independent, St. 

Mrs. Marion Aifchison — Times, St. Petersburg. 
E. D. Lambright — Morning Tribune, Tampa. 
Vernon L. Smith — Post-Times, West Palm 



Frank Daniel — The Journal, Atlanta. 
A. B. Bernd — Telegraph, Macon. 
Ernestine Hornady — News-Tribune, Rome. 
Emily R. Jerger — Times-Enterprise, Thomas- 

Jack Williams, Jr. — Journal-Herald, Waycross. 


W. B. McEwen — Morning Tribune, Lewiston. 
J. J. Mullen — Evening Times, Twin Falls. 


Elsie A. Kern — News-Democrat, Belleville. 

Opal Melton (Polly Pix) — Evening Sentinel, 

Mae Tinee — Tribune, Chicago. 

Layah Riggs — Herald & Review, Decatur. 

Walter F. Kerr — Daily News-Index, Evansfon. 

Grace Leone Barnett — Journal-Standard, Free- 

Alta Givens — Daily Register, Harrisburg. 

Star-Courier, Kewanee. 

Robert M. Shepherdson — Journal-Transcript, 

William V. Kinney — The Argus, Rock Island. 

C. H. Nelson — Morning Star, Rockford. 

R. C. Trank — Register-Republic, Rockford. 

W. F. Dagon — Illinois State Journal, Spring- 

Illinois State Register, Springfield. 

E. J. Macklin — News-Sun, Waukegan. 


Charles Timothy Jeweft — The Herald, Ander- 

Camille Utter Meno — Daily Mail, Bedford. 

Walter Bradfute — Daily Telephone. Blooming- 

W. C. Miller — Evening World, Bloomington. 

Dan Albrecht— Daily Truth, Elkhart. 

Ed Klingler — The Press, Evansville. 

Chester R. Brouwer — Journal-Gazette, Fort 

Harrison E. Miller — News-Sentinel, Fort 

Belle Weinstein — News-Democrat, Goshen. 

Jack Nye — News, Huntington. 

Walter Whitworth — News, Indianapolis. 

Corbin Patrick — Star, Indianapolis. 

Maurice C. Tull — Tribune-Dispatch, Kokomo. 

Allen Sauers — Pharos-Tribune, Logansport. 

E. Preston Calvert — Evening Dispatch, Michi- 
gan City. 

John O. Ferris — The Star, Muncie. 

Helen M. Taylor — Courier-Times, New Castle. 

W. W. Dunkle — Tribune, South Bend. 

Mabel McKse — Star, Terre Haute. 

Joe E. Palmer — Plain Dealer, Wabash. 


Robert Murray — Daily Tribune, Ames. 

Irma Masterson — News-Republican, Boone. 

Walter E. Kohrs — Hawk-Eye Gazette, Burling- 
Harry E. Boyd — Gazette, Cedar Rapids. 

LeRoy A. Wallace — The Nonpareil, Council 

Rex J. Ballard — Daily Times, Davenport. 

John E. O'Donnell — Democrat, Davenport. 

C. L. Hannon — Tri City Star, Davenport. 

Lucy Meuer — Catholic Daily Tribune, Dubu- 

William L. Hamilton, Jr. — Messenger & Chron- 
icle, Fort Dodge. 

S. W. Mitchell — Evening Democrat, Fort Madi- 

Edwin B. Green — Press -Citizen, Iowa City. 

Dale E. Carrell — Daily Gate City, Keokuk. 

David B. Kaufman — Globe-Gazette, Mason 

E. J. Van Nostrand — Daily News, Newlon. 

C. D. Foehlinqer — Herald, Oskaloosa. 

Emmett Irwin Mowery, Jr. — Daily Courier, 

Willis F. Forbes — Journal, Sioux City. 
L. E. Wood — Daily Courier, Waterloo. 


Arch W. Jarrell — Daily Traveler, Arkansas 

Dorothy Greve — Tribune, Chanute. 

H. J. Powell — Journal, Coffeyville. 

Jay B. Baugh — Daily Globe, Dodge City. 

William W. Wylie — Journal, Dodge City. 

Frank C. Clough — Gazette, Emporia. 

E. Lawson May — The Herald, Hutchinson. 

I. E. Kirkland — The Kansan, Kansas City. 

Eryll Hoff and Robert Busby — Journal-World, 

H. M. Heberer — Mercury-Chronicle, Manhat- 

The Sun, Parsons. 

Marcus D. Cullen — The Eagle, Wichita. 


Boyd Mar. in — Courier-Journal. Louisville. 
A. A. Dougherty — Times, Louisville. 


A. Hunter Jarreau — Daily Town Talk. Alex- 

George W. Loiton — Morning World. Monroe. 

Mel Washburn — Item-Tribune, New Orleans. 

Charles P. Jones — Times-Picayune, New Or- 


E. B. Whitney — Journal, Lewiston. 
Kenneth W. Berry — Evening Express. Portland. 
A. H. Ward, Jr. — Evening News, Portland. 
Alice E. Modes — Press Herald. Portland. 
Lawrence Darr Chapman — Sunday Telegram, 


Elmer M. Jackson, Jr. — Evening Capital. Ann- 

Harry Haller — Sunday Sun, Baltimore. 

Henry Decker — News-Post. Frederick. 

J. Richard Rauth — Daily Mail. Hagerstown. 

Lester S. MoWilliams — Morning Herald. Hag- 


Lawrence Patrick Stanton — Evening Times. 

Elinor L. Hughes — Herald. Boston. 

Helen Eager — Traveler, Boston. 

Francis W. Leary — Evening Record. Chelsea. 

Rita M. Naughton Clinton Hall — Daily Item, 

A. B. Peabody — News. Everett. 

Torn Burke — The Record, Haverhill. 

Timothy F. O'Hearn — Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence. 

Kent Knowlton — Courier-Citizen. Lowell. 

Ethel K. Billings — Evening Leader, Lowell. 

Harold Day Valpey — Evening Item. Lynn. 

Charles F. Martin — Chronicle. North Attleboro. 

Helen E. Wieland — Hampshire Gazette, North- 

Isadore Zack — Evening News, Quincy. 

Peter G. Ingoldsby — Evening News, Salem. 

Louiso Mace — Republican, Springfield. 

A. L. S. Wood — Union, Springfield. 

William Hale Reid — Daily Gazette, Taunton. 

Gardner Campbell — Daily Item, Wakefield. 

Clarence L. Moody — Evening Gazette. Wor- 

George Popkin — Evening Post. Worcester. 


Madge A. Mlllikin — Daily Telegram, Adrian. 

George A. Stauter — News, Ann Arbor. 

Earl F. Pangborn — News-Palladium, Benton 

Mrs. Ella H. McCormick — Free Press. Detroit. 
Harold Heffernun — News, Detroit. 
Victor H. Powers — Daily Press, Escanaba. 
Mildred Elwood Lawrence — Journal, Flint. 
Mrs. Alta L. Littell — Herald, Grand Rapids. 
Charles J. Neugebauer — Daily Mining Journal, 


H. R. Palmer — State Journal, Lansing. 
Jean Worth — Herald-Leader, Menominee. 
E. C. Hayhow — Daily Press, Pontiac. 
Otto C. Pressprich — News, Saginaw. 


Mrs. Fred Schilplin — Daily Times-Journal, St. 

Jcseph H. Summers — Tribune, Minneapolis. 
Lee Grove — Daily News, St. Paul. 
Den J. Maclver — Daily Enterprise, Virginia. 
Christoffer Robbin — The Star, Minneapolis. 
Marguerite Schnorr — Post-Bulletin, Rochester. 


Ccsman Eisendrath — Daily Herald, Biloxi. 
Sam Abbott — Daily Register, Clarksdale. 
Ernest Smiih — Democrat-Times, Greenville. 
Sumter Gillespie — Commonwealth, Greenwood. 
A. S. Waller, Jr. — American, Hattiesburg. 
Purser Hewitt — Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson. 
Earl C. Mcgee — Daily News, Jackson. 


V. L. Page — Constitution-Tribune. Chillicothe. 
Lowell Lawrance — Journal-Post, Kansas City. 
Goetze Jeter — Monitor-Index & Democrat, Mo- 
fa erly. 
E'ean Wilde — The Gazette, St. Joseph. 
Colvin McPherson — Post-Dispatch, St. Louis. 
Homer Bassford — Star-Times, St. Lcuis. 
Allen Oliver — Leader & Press. Springfield. 


T. E. Mooney — Record-Herald, Helena. 


Barney Oldfield — Journal and Star. Lincoln. 


Dsnver Dickerson — Evening Gazette, Reno. 
Nick Bcurne — Nevada State Journal. Reno. 


Mary R. White — Democrat, Dover. 


Burke Baloney — Press. Asbury Park. 

Howard P. Dimon — Press-Union, Atlantic City. 

Ida Hermann — Courier-Post, Camden. 

Firman R. Loree — Daily Journal, Elizabeth. 

Arthur D. Mackie — Jersey Journal. Jersey City. 

E. M. Wescoat — Republican, Millville. 

Ncrman B. Tomlinson — Daily Record. Morris- 

Wi'l Baltin — Daily Home News-Sunday Times, 
New Brunswick. 

Richard Murray — Star-Eagle, Newark. 

Rcbsrt L. Moora — Sunday Call, Newark. 

Betty Lee — Sunday Eagle, Passaic. 

Jules C. Levine — Evening News. Paterson. 

Esther Zucker — Sunday Eagle, Paterson. 

A. Wallace Gray — Courier-News, Plainfield. 

Albert B. Thompson — Sunday Times-Adver- 
tiser, Trenton. 

Palmer Coakley — Hudson Dispatch. Union 


C. R. Rosenberry — Knickerbocker Press. 

John F. PjVine — Times-Union, Albany. 

Hugh P. Donlon — Recorder. Amsterdam. 

Victor J. Callanan — Citizen-Advertiser, Auburn. 

Edgar Price — Citizen, Brooklyn. 

Larry Mason — Home Talk, Brooklyn. 

Vincent L. Powers — Spectator, Brooklyn. 

Seymour Roman — Times-Union, Brooklyn. 

Chris Graham — Home News, Bronx, N. Y. C. 

W. E. J. Martin — Courier-Express, Buffalo. 

Charles Victor Knox — Evening News, Buffalo. 

Margaret Lascelles Toomey — Evening Observ- 
er. Dunkirk. 

J. Maxwell Beers — Reporter, Elmira. 

George McCann — Star-Gazette, Elmira. 

Donald A. Seeley — Sunday Telegram, Elmira. 

A. Glenn Rogers — Daily Times, Geneva. 

Walter F. Hine — Leader Republican, Glovers- 

Roland B. Miller — Daily Star, Hudson. 

William J. Waters — Journal, Ithaca. 

George M. Easter — Long Island Daily Press, 

John S. Bodkin — Queens Evening News, 

Waite Forsyth — Post, Jamestown. 
Charles J. Tiano — Daily Leader, Kingston. 
T. E. Brundage — Union-Sun and Journal, Lock- 
Dunbar S. Reynolds — Standard-Star, New Ro- 

Regina Crewe — American, New York. 
Robert Garland — American, New York. 
Kate Cameron — Daily News, New York. 
Wanda Hale — Daily News, New York. 
Marcus Griffin — Enquirer, New York. 
Howard Barnes — Herald-Tribune, New York. 
Marguerite Tazelaar — Herald-Tribune, New 

Leo Mishkin — Morning Telegraph, New York. 
Archer Winsten — Post, New York. 
William Boehnel — World-Telegram. New York. 
Calvin D. Myers — News. Newburgh. 
C. E. Hewitt — Evening News, North Tona- 

Emery Winn — Press Union, Peekskill. 
Priscilla Flowers — Sunday Courier, Pough- 

Charlie Kay — Long Island Daily Advocate, 

Ridgewood, Queens. 
George L. David — Democrat & Chronicle, 

Dorothy L. Krause — Journal-American, 

Arthur D. Goodman — Times-Union. Rochester. 
Fritz S. Updike — Daily Sentinel. Rome. 
Helen Clinton — Gazette, Schenectady. 
Everett L. Finch — Union-Star. Schenectady. 
Franklin H. Chase, Journal, Syracuse. 
Helen Tait Walker — Post-Standard, Syracuse. 
E. R. Vandeoncoeur — American, Syracuse. 
Hayden Hickok — Herald, Syracuse. 
Frank Lesourd — Staten Island Advance, Sfaten 

William A. Gunn — Observer-Budget. Troy. 
Vincent S. Jones — Press, Utica. 
Norton Mockridge — Daily Reporter. White 



J. S. Coleman, Jr. — Times, Ashville. 
Cameron Shipp — News, Charlotte. 
Mary Brooks Parham — Observer, Charlotte. 
L. C. Gifford. Daily Record. Hickory. 
John Mebane — Enterprise, High Point. 
Sybil D. Putnam — Morning Herald, Kinsfon. 
Lamont Smith — Star-News, Wilmington. 


Alma E. Riggle — Forum, Fargo. 


Laurie March — Times Press. Akron. 
Marceil Houston — Times Gazette, Ashland. 
G. E. Mitchell — Messenger, Athens. 
Dennis R. Smith — Repository, Canton. 
Alvin C. Zurcher — News-Advertiser, Chillicothe. 
Gilbert A. Chandler — Scioto Gazette, Chilli- 
Herman J. Bernfeld — Enquirer, Cincinnati. 
William G. Stiegler — Times-Star, Cincinnati. 
Arthur F. Spaeth — News. Cleveland. 
W. Ward Marsh — Plain Dealer, Cleveland. 
Charles Schneider — Press, Cleveland. 
William S. Cunningham — Citizen, Columbus. 
Samuel T. Wilson — Dispatch, Columbus. 
Lester S. Boyd — Tribune, Coshocton. 
Virginia D. Sturm — Daily News, Dayton. 
Betty Karn — Herald & Journal, Dayton. 
A. S. Kany — Journal, Dayton. 
Myfanwy Braun — Reporter, Dover. 
John M. Slowell — Republican-Courier, Findlay. 
Constance A. Carle — Daily Times, Fostoria. 
Lee Favis — Daily Messenger, Fremont. 
Clayton A. Leiter- -Journal-News, Hamilton. 
Richard W. Mattox — Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster. 
Hallie Hou-k — Star, Marion. 
Hazel Kirk — Advocate, Newark. 
Thurse F. Sigman — Telegraph, Painesville. 
Lola Hill — Daily Call, Piqua. 
Nancy Grimes — Times, Portsmouth. 

Clayton J. Irwin — Register, Sandusky. 
E. F. Walrath — Star-Journal, Sandusky. 
Ina M. Karson — Daily News, Springfield. 
Mary Berger — Herald-Star, Steubenville. 
Allen Saunders, News-Bee, Toledo. 
Mitchell Woodbury — Times, Toledo. 
Kenneth Mills — Tribune Chronicle, Warren. 
R. A. Higgins — Gazette, Xenia. 
Charles J. Mulcahy — Vindicator-Telegram, 

Charles A. Leedy — Vindicator-Telegram, 

Harry T. Basehart — Sunday Times Signal, 



A. B. Hamlin — Daily Enterprise, Bartlesville. 
Ethel Page — Examiner, Bartlesville. 
Maxine Eddy — Evening Star, Shawnee. 
Dorothy Terry — Morning News, Shawnee. 
Mrs. Earl Baker — News and Star, Shawnee. 
Joe Meyer, Jr. — Tribune, Tulsa. 
Herbert Grey — Mail Tribune, Medford. 
Harold Hunt — Journal, Portland. 
Herbert L. Larson — Morning Oregonian, Port- 
Edward V. Golik — News-Telegram, Portland. 
Maxine Buren — Oregon Statesman. Salem. 


Brit Roth — Chronicle & News, Allentown. 

Peter Lee — Tribune, Altoona. 

Mary Yvo Flanigan — Era, Bradford. 

James A. Glenney — Times, Chester. 

W. Lester Trauch — Daily Intelligencer, Doyles- 

E. H. E'erby — Tribune. Greensburg. 

L. U. Kay — Telegraph, Harrisburg. 

Harry Hesselbein — Tribune. Johnstown. 

Herbert B. Krone — New Era, Lancaster. 

William D. Watkins — Evening Record. Lans- 

Arkaya — Bulletin, Latrobe. 

Ted Gress — Daily News, Lebanon. 

Preston Rittenhouse — Sentinel, Lewistown. 

Harry R. Pore, Jr. — Daily Independent. Mon- 

William F. Gleason — Evening Bulletin. Phila- 

Henry T. Murdock — Evening Public Ledger, 

Arthur B. Waters — Gazette-Democrat, Phila- 

Gerard Gaghan — Evening Public Ledger. Phil- 

Mildred Martin — Inquirer, Philadelphia. 

Elsie Finn — Record, Philadelphia. 

Harold W. Cohen — Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh. 

Kaspar Monahan — Press, Pittsburgh. 

William J. Lewis — Sun-Telegraph, Pittsburgh. 

Shandy Hill — Mercury, Pottstown. 

Herrwood E. Hobbs — Journal, Pottsville. 

Reginald A. Williams — Republican, Scranton. 

Thomas F. Connor — The Scrantonian, Scranton. 

Betty Reynolds — The Scrantonian, Scranton. 

Clyde F. Katner — News-Dispatch. Shamok'.n. 

The Public Press, Shamokin. 

T. La Verne Roberts — The Daily, Sunbury. 

Julia Rishel — Valley Daily News, Tarentum. 

O'Neil Kennedy — Daily News-Standard, Union- 

Byron S. Campbell — The News. Vandergrif!. 

J. E. Abell. Observer & Reporter, Washington. 

John M. Moore — Record, Wilkas-Barre. 

John V. Heffernan — Sunday Independent, 

Wilbert L. Haare — Dispatch, York. 


Thomas F. Bresnahan — Times, Pawtucket. 
Garrett D. Byrnes — Journal & Evening Bulle- 
tin, Providence. 
A. Alfred Marcello — News-Tribune, Providence. 
Paul B. Howland — Sunday Journal, Providence. 
Edward J. Butler — The Sun. Westerly. 
Mrs. Elinor V. Arnold — The Call, Woonsocket. 


Lawrence S. Hembree — The Independent. 

Willis H. Harper — Morning News, Florence. 
Bob M. Ward— Herald, Rock Hill. 


Francis C. Patten — American-News, Aberdeen. 
Redford H. Dibble — Daily Journal, Rapid City. 
Roger S. Brown — Daily Argus Leader, Sioux 


Murray E. Wyche — News, Chattanooga. 
Sidney M. Shalett — Times, Chattanooga. 
Larry Walker (B. F. Henry. Jr.) — News-Senti- 
nel, Knoxville. 
Harry Martin — Commercial Appeal. Memphis. 
Jack Bryan — Press-Scimitar, Memphis. 
Francis Robinson — Banner, Nashville. 
William Rich Breyer — Tennessean, Nashville. 


Mary McKenzie — Reporter-News, Abilene. 

Ruth Lewis — American, Austin. 

Times-Review, Cleburne. 

John Rosenfield. Jr. — News. Dallas. 

Jimmy Lovell — Times-Herald. Dallas. 

Jack Gordon — Press, Fort Worth. 

Robert Randol — Star-Telegram, Fort Worth. 

S. E. Davidge — Tribune, Galveston. 

Charles R. Horton — Banner, Greenville. 

Bess Whitehead Scott — Post. Houston. 

Hubert Roussel — Press, Houston. 

Charles W. Ratliff — Avalanche-Journal, Lub- 

Elizabeth Duvall — News. Paris. 

Mary Louise Walliser — Evening News. San 

Samuel Ward Woolford — Light, San Antonio. 

Marion Clark Aten — Courier-Times. Tyler. 

G. H. Parrick— News-Tribune & Times-Herald. 


Dean Pieper — Sun-Advocate. Price. 


Mrs. Agnes R. Webster — Daily Times, Barre. 


H. B. Trundle — Register & Bee, Danville. 

Wilbur Jennings — Free Lance-Star, Fredericks- 

John Crown — Daily News Record, Harrison- 

David Wayne Wright — Advance, Lynchburg. 

Edward M. Holmes — Ledger-Dispatch, Norfolk. 

Ralph K. T. Larson — Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk. 

Hcllis Wood — News Leader. Richmond. 

W. F. Dunbar, Jr. — Record, Richmond. 

Edith Lindeman — Times-Dispatch. Richmond. 

E. Walton Opie — News-Leader, Staunton. 


Vernon Vine — Northwest Farm News, Belling- 

Marianne Davidson — Dally News Searchlight, 

LaVerne Rogers — Elton-Sun, Bremerton. 
E. R. Busselle — News, Everett. 
T. H. Crosby — Journal of Commerce, Seatlla. 
J. Willis Sayre — Post-Intelligencer, Seattle. 
Jack O'Brien — Star, Seattle. 
John Bigelow — Press, Spokane. 
Margaret Bean — Spokesman-Review, Spokane. 
W. R. Stotler — News-Tribune, Tacoma. 
Harold Speer — Times, Tacoma. 
Iris Little — Daily Bulletin, Walla Walla. 
James R. Morris — Morning Union, Walla 

Robert L. Thomas — Daily World, Wenatchee. 


Ted McDowell— Post-Herald. Beckley. 
Roberl H. Bull — Daily Mail. Charleston. 
Clyde H. East — Gazette, Charleston. 
Myron W. Martin — Telegram, Clarksburg. 
Brooks Cottle — Post, Morgantown. 
Dorothy V. Morris — Daily Times, Weirton. 
Robert T. Beans — Intelligencer, Wheeling. 


Laurence A. Raymer — Daily News, Beliot. 
Peg O'Birne — Daily Gazette, Janesville. 

Chester M. Zeff — News, Kenosha. 

Sterling Scrensen — Capital Times, Madison. 

Lillian G. LeRoy — Eagle-Star, Marinette. 

Nancy Lee — Journal. Milwaukee. 

Buck Herzog — Sentinel, Milwaukee. 

Cecile Lane — Wisconsin News, Milwaukee. 

Mona J. Pape — Press, Sheboygan. 

Jack McBride — Evening Telegram, Superior. 

Clarence H. Witter — Daily Times, Watertown. 

John Loomis — Daily Record-Herald, Wausau. 


Jack G. Sellers — Tribune-Herald, Casper. 

Trade Papers, Fan Publica- 
tions General Publications, 
Syndicates, Etc. 

Hubbard Keavy — Associated Press 
Edward Weeks — "Atlantic Monthly" 
Vance Chandler — Authenicafed News Service 
Eugene Burr — "Billboard" 

Cal Hermer, Maurice Wolff, Frank S. Leyen- 
decker, Robert F. Klingensmith — "Boxoffice" 
Lester Smith — Boston News Bureau 
Ray Lewis — "Canadian Moving Picture 

John J. Moreno — "Cinelandia" 
Frank G. Ortega — "Cine-Mundial" 
Howard Hall — "Cinema Hallmarks" 
Easton West — Continental Feature Syndicate 
Jesse Zunser — "Cue" 
Nelson L. Greene — "Educational Screen" 
Coles Phillips — "Elks Magazine" 
Meyer Levin — "Esquire" 
Roscoe K. Fawcett— Fawcett Publications 
R. W. Baremore, Stella Hamlin — "Film Curb" 
Jack Alicoate, Chester B. Bahn, Arthur W. 
Eddy, Jack Harrower, Edward Harrison, 
L. H. Mitchell. George H. Morris, Don M. 
Mesereau. Winfield Andrus — "Film Daily" 
Lester C. Grady — "Film Fun" and "Radio Stars" 
George Davis — "Harper's Bazaar" 
P. S. Harrison — "Harrison's Reports" 
Jimmy Valentine — "Hollywood Low-Down" 
Welford Beaton — "Hollywood Spectator" 
Silas Edgar Synder — "International Photog- 
James J. Finn — "International Projectionist" 
Yukio Aoyama — "Japanese Movie Magazine" 
Herbert M. Miller. Warren Stokes — Jay Eman- 
uel Publications 
Alice L. Tildesley — Ledger Syndicate 
Jimmy Fidler — McNaught Syndicate and 

National Broadcasting Co. 
Regina Cannon — "Modern Screen Magazine" 
A. D. Williams — "Moose Magazine" 
Terry Ramsaye — "Motion Picture Herald" 
Laurence Reid — "Motion Picture Magazine" 
Maxine Block — "Motion Picture Review Digest" 
E. J. Smithson — "Movie Classic" 
M. R. Reese — "Movie Humor" 
Arthur L. Gale — "Movie Makers" 
James Shelley Hamilton — "National Board of 

Review Magazine" 
Otis Ferguson — "The New Republic" 
Louis A. Fink — New York News Bureau Asso- 
John Mosher — "New Yorker" 
T. H. Wenning — "News-Week Magazine" 
George J. Hecht — "The Parents' Magazine" 
Ruth Waterbury — "Photoplay" 
William Lewin — "Photoplay Studies" 
Norbert Lusk — "Picture Play Magazine" 
Isobel O. Heath — "Real Screen Fun" 
L. O. Robertson — Reeling Around (Syndicate) 
Ian Martin — "Romances of Hollywood Movies" 
Ernest V. Heyn — "Screen Guide Magazine" 
Delight Evans — "Screenland Magazine" 
Charles E. Lewis — "Showmen's Trade 

Eliot Keen — "Silver Screen" 
Sam Black — "The Studio News 
Marilyn Matz — Unique Feature Syndicate 
Joseph B. Pearman — "The Winged Foot" 
E. Merker — "Woman's Home Companion" 
Norman Winter — "Zit's Weekly" 


Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 




A "£MU" from Uotluwood "Ms 




A MOTION picture producer at 45 
may be an enviable distinction, 
but a few days before Hal Roach 
reaches the age of 45, he will cele- 
brate 23 years as a producer. He 
is probably the youngest veteran 
in the industry. It was on Jan. 8, 
1914, that the comedy maker started 
the production of his first picture 
with a bankroll of $850. 

Roach's first contact with pictures 
came in 1912 when he answered an 
advertisement for screen cowboys. 
He worked for the old Universal 
"lot" for $25 a week. In two years, 
he climbed from actor to assistant 
director. In 1914, he decided he had 
sufficient experience to join Dan 
Linthicum in a producing venture. 
Linthicum sold his share to Dwight 
Whiting, who later sold out to 

T T T m 

John Cromwell has been signed 
to direct "Prisoner of Zenda" for 
Selznick International. 

▼ T T 

Nat Levine has agreed to release 
Gus Edwards, eastern talent scout, 
so that Edwards can accept a high 
radio spot. 

T T T 

Scott Dunlap, vice-president of 
Monogram Pictures, announces I. E. 
Chadwick, Ken Goldsmith, Lon 
Young and Dorothy Reid as super- 
visors to handle 30 pictures. Head- 
quarters will be at Hollywood Stu- 
dios, formerly Talisman. Chadwick 
has completed production on "The 
Legion of Missing Men," and "The 
Outer Gate." 

▼ T ▼ 

Burton Lane and Ralph Freed 
have been assigned by Paramount 
to write the title song for the pro- 
duction of "Swing High, Swing 
Low," which co-stars Carole Lom- 
bard and Fred MacMurray. 

T T ▼ 

Arthur Schwartz, Pacific Coast 
representative of the music pub- 
lishing companies operated by War- 
ner Bros., is en route to New York, 
where he will spend a month. 

▼ T T 

Jack Holt's son, Tim, who gradu- 
ated from an Indiana military 
school last year, has been signed by 
Walter Wanger. 

t ▼ ▼ 

J. Edward Bromberg has joined 
the featured cast of "That I May 

Zukor Gets Foreign Scrolls 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM 'DAILY 
Hollywood — Adolph Zukor, whose sil- 
ver jubilee will be celebrated, starting 
today, has received congratulatory 
cables, testimonial scrolls and gifts 
from virtually all foreign countries. 
They include greetings from Australia 
and New Zealand inscribed on a kanga- 
roo skin hanging from a boomerang, a 
Diploma of Honor from his native 
Hungary, an engraved parchment scroll 
from the Cinema Veterans of London 
and an engraved diploma from Chile. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 22 • • • 

OSCAR SERLIN. Associate producer. Worked through school and college 
by writing vaudeville sketches. Born in Russia. Attended DePaul Academy 
and DePaul University. First job was as doorman at Olympic theater to which 
he later returned as assistant manager. Wrote 
vaudeville acts. Promoted wrestling. Directed 
amateur shows. Studied theater in Vienna, 
Berlin, London and Paris. Contributed gags to 
newspapers. Was stage manager, general man- 
ager, then producer of Broadway shows. Most 
recently was in charge of talent department in 
New York. Adapted foreign plays for the 
American stage. Latter part of 1932, signed 
by Paramount as assistant to E. Lloyd Sheldon. 
Then associate producer on B. P. Schulberg's 
staff. Back to West Coast November, 1936. 
Quit Paramount post as '37 swung under way. 

Live," being produced by 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox. Rochelle Hudson and Rob- 
ert Kent head the cast. 

▼ T ▼ 

Walter Catlett will play a char- 
acteristic comedy role in "Wake Up 
and Live," the 20th Century-Fox 
picture now before the cameras 
with Walter Winchell and Ben 
Bernie in leading roles. 

T ▼ T 

Charles Griffin is in the featured 
cast of "The Last Slaver," co-star- 
ring Warner Baxter and Wallace 
Beery at 20th Century-Fox studios. 

T ▼ ▼ 

Walter Brennan, veteran charac- 
ter actor, has been signed for an 
important role in Samuel Goldwyn's 
production, "The Woman's Touch," 
starring Miriam Hopkins, it was 
announced today. The film is sched- 
uled to go into production immedi- 
ately, with William Wyler directing. 

T T T 

Evelyn Venable has been engaged 
by Columbia for a leading role in 
"Racketeers in Exile," in which 
George Bancroft is to be featured. 
Wynne Gibson and John Gallaudet 
will also be seen in prominent parts. 
Erie Kenton will direct. 

T T T 

Technicolor tests on fabrics, furs 
and females are being conducted 
behind closed doors on the Walter 
Wanger lot for the forthcoming 
fashion - musical in technicolor, 
"Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938," 
scheduled to go before the cameras 
on Jan. 15. First tests, taken yes- 
terday, were of the $500,000 worth 
of furs. The methods of the Paris 
couturiers have been borrowed to 
insure absolute secrecy as to styles 
and designs. Additional tests will 
be made of materials for the gowns, 
now en route from Paris. 
▼ ▼ ▼ 

Mamo Clark, has been signed by 
Grand National to play one of the 
feminine leads in a south sea island 
story which will be produced by the 
Victor Schertzinger-Zion Myers unit. 

This picture with its locale laid in 
the tropics will be the second pro- 
duction by this unit on its schedule 
of eight and will probably be di- 
rected by Myers. 

T r T 

Columbia's final choice for the 
role of the Grand Lama in Frank 
Capra's production of "Lost Hori- 
zon," is Sam Jaffe. 

Capra some time ago completed the 
Grand Lama sequences with Jaffe 
and then made them a second time 
with Walter Connolly in the role. 
Both men, of widely divergent phy- 
sical type and acting technique 
made the figure of the 250 year old 
lama an outstanding and impressive 
one, and for a long time the deci- 
sion hung in the balance. Then it 
was finally decided to use the Jaffe 
sequences. Arrangements were 
made with Max Reinhardt, to temp- 
orarily release Jaffe from "Eternal 
Road" rehearsals in New York so 
that he might fly to the coast for a 
number of important retakes. 

V ▼ T 

Glenn Tryon has been given a di- 
rector's contract by Grand National 
to both write and direct for the Vic- 
tor Schertzinger-Zion Myers unit at 
Talisman Studios. Tryon will direct 
the first of a series of eight which 
is the schedule for this unit but as 
yet no starting date or cast has been 

t ▼ r 

Eric Linden and Cecilia Parker 
have been signed by B. F. Zeidman 
to head the cast of Grand National's 
"Two Shall Meet," which is sched- 
uled to start shooting tomorrow. 
Linden and Miss Parker are the 
same team used by Zeidman in his 
initial Grand National release, "Sins 
of Children." 

v ▼ ▼ 

Hugh Herbert enthusiasts have 
finally given a title to a picture 
in which he cavorts. The title is 
"That Man's Here Again," and it 
goes up on the picture in which 

Herbert is featured with Tom 

Brown and Mary Maguire. The 

picture previously was titled "Love 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

Andrew Tombes has been as- 
signed a featured role in "Time Out 
For Romance," in which Claire 
Trevor and Michael Whalen have 
the leading roles for 20th Century- 

» T T 

Charles King, who was the sing- 
ing star in "Broadway Melody," 
first of the motion picture musicals, 
is seeking a screen comeback in "A 
Star Is Born," Selznick Internation- 
al technicolor production, co-star- 
ring Janet Gaynor and Fredric 
March. His role in "A Star is 
Born" is small but important, ac- 
cording to the announcement of his 

▼ ▼ T 

The Navy Department has as- 
signed Lieutenant Commander Lu- 
cien B. Green as special liaison 
officer to work with the Samuel 
Goldwyn location unit now at Sa- 
moa for the exterior filming of 
"Hurricane," the Charles Nordhoff- 
James Norman Hall South Sea 
story now in production. 

▼ TV 

Camera work was started today 
at Paramount on "Danger, Men 
Working," film version of a comedy- 
mystery story written by Manfred 
Lee and Fred Dannay, who collab- 
orate under the name of Ellery 
Queen. Leading roles are being 
played by Lew Ayres, Eugene Pall- 
ette, Benny Baker and Ruth Cole- 
man under direction of Charles 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

Polly Rowles, the Pittsburgh so- 
cialite and Carnegie Tech graduate, 
was yesterday assigned to her sec- 
ond picture by Universal. She 
draws the feminine lead opposite 
Karloff in "Night Key," a story 
without the usual Karloff horror an- 
gles which was written by William 
Pierce. Universal has borrowed 
Warren Hull from Warners to play 
the romantic lead opposite Polly 

▼ v ▼ 

Jane Wyatt, and Ray Milland, 
were yesterday given the top spots 
in "Wings Over Honolulu" by Uni- 
versal. This novel by Mildred Cram 
goes in production next Monday, 
under the direction of Henry Pot- 

(Continued on Page 33) 

Revue Craze Sweeps Studios 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM \DAILY 
Hollywood — Revue craze appears 
sweeping studio solons here with six 
musicals in revue style set for pro- 
duction this year, with possibly more 
in offing. Those scheduled for shoot- 
ing are "Radio Revels," "Vogues of 
1937," "Broadcast," "Gold Diggers," 
"Follies," new edition of "Broadway 
Melody," plus RKO's recently-announced 
"New Faces of 1937." 



Humphrey Bogart 


A Mervyn LeRoy Production Starring 

Fernand Gravel 

Joan Blondell • Edw. E. Horton 













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George Brent . Beverly Roberts 



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Already he's slaughtered Box-Office records ! 


DENVER, COL. "The Plainsman" opens to biggest gross in six years. 
JOHNSTOWN, OHIO. . ."The Plainsman" smashes all 1936 records. 
ALTOONA. PA... "The Plainsman" kn0 cks spots off house record. 
AKRON, OHIO . . ."The Plainsman" Iop s all time high. 
TOLEDO, OHIO . . ."The Plainsman" bangs above all 1936 records< 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. . ."The Plainsman" hea ds for new record. 
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. "The Plainsman" beats house record by 50%. 
KANSAS CITY, MO. . ."The Plainsman" biggesi in 15 months . 
SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS."The Plainsman" b i ggest gros ser in 8 mcnths. 
DULUTH, MINN. . . ."The Plainsman" iops record grosses . 
WILKES-BARRE, PA. "The Plainsman" has reC ord Sunday opening. 
NEW ORLEANS, LA. . ."The Plainsman" doe s 2 weeks business in 1. 
DETROIT, MICH. "The Plainsman" does m wee ks business in 3 days. 


A Paramount Picture with James Ellison • Charles Bickfor<| 


And in every one of these 
cities "The Plainsman" 
did more than a week's 
business in 3 days! 

Atlanta, Georgia 
Houston, Texas 
Portland, Maine 
Knoxville, Tenn. 
Omaha, Neb. 
Sioux Falls, Iowa 
Boston, Mass. 
Worcester, Mass. 
Springfield, Mass. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Miami, Fla. 
South Bend, Ind. 
Memphis, Tenn. 
Salt Lake City, Utah 

• and every mail brings 
the same story from 
other cities. 



IN" starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur 

Helen Burgess • Porter Hall • directed by Cecil B. DeMille 

• In 





Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 


{Continued from Page 1) 

"The Great Ziegfeld," "San 
Francisco," "Dodswort h," 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur," 
"A Tale of Two Cities," "An- 
thony Adverse," "The Green 
Pastures" and "A Midsummer 
Night's Dream." 

Three Films Poll More Than 300 

Five hundred and twenty-three 
critics and reviewers participated in 
the 15th poll. Their reading public 
approximates 96,000,000! 

Ballots of 11 more critics and re- 
viewers were received after the 
deadline of midnight, Dec. 31. 

It is significant that while "Mu- 
tiny on the Bounty" held a substan- 
tial lead of 44 votes, two other 
pictures polled more than 300, five 
received more than 200, and that 
seven were favored by more than 
100 of the participating critics and 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and War- 
ner Brothers are each represented 
on the "Ten Best" list by four pro- 
ductions, and Columbia and United 
Artists by one apiece. 

It is both interesting and impor- 
tant to the industry to note that 
costume stories found such striking 
favor, and that music played a ma- 
jor role in four of the "Best Ten." 
Classical Trend, A Feature 

Of equal interest, certainly, is 
the classical trend instanced by the 
selection of works by Shakespeare 
and Dickens, Hervey Allen and 
Marc Connelly. The fact that "The 
Green Pastures" and "A Midsum- 
mer Night's Dream" found inclusion 
tends to support the theory that 
the cinema successfully has coped 
with the fantasy problem. 

A total of 149 pictures were nom- 
inated for the 1936 "Best Ten" list 
as against 166 in 1935. The Honor 
Roll dropped from 49 to 44. Eligible 
pictures for 1936 numbered 387. 

Not a few reviewers departed 
from the eligible list to cast votes 
for "Romeo and Juliet," "Winter- 
set," "Born to Dance" and "Theo- 
dora Goes Wild," all generally re- 
leased after The Film Daily poll 
opened. These four films will be 
included in the 1937 poll. 

Foreign Pictures Fail to Impress 

For a second successive year, for- 
eign productions failed to enthuse 
American critics. Not a single for- 
eign picture found a place among 
the "Ten Best," and few received 
more than scattering votes. 

There was a gratifying increase 
in the number of critics who car- 
ried the poll to their own readers 
through the medium of simultane- 
ous local symposiums, and interest 
throughout the United States soared 
to new levels as a result. Generally, 
The Film Daily's "Ten Best" will 
determine local poll winners. In 
this connection, it is noteworthy that 
fan and professional critics mani- 
fested a common standard as a rule. 
Finally, it is significant that the 
"Ten Best" of 1936 are well keyed 

The "TEN BEST" of 1936 

... Attest Hollywood's Artistic and Commercial Supremacy. 

{Continued from Page 1) 
thing, European studios, and the British in particular, have made marked progress during 
the last year, and the importation of foreign pictures has shown a marked gain. 


AS a rule, too, the critical reception of such imports has been a kind one. Being 
** candid about it, a considerable number of the more articulate reviewers have 
been disposed to stress the "superior" artistry of the foreign productions, while the native 
films have been taken as a matter of course. 

Yet when these same reviewers faced the show-down occasioned by the 1936 poll, 
their ballots offer unmistakable evidence of their belief in the supremacy of American 
pictures, and their tacit agreement that, after all, Hollywood does the best job. 

That this is a reflection of sheer provincialism is quickly refuted. One has merely 
to note that of the 10 outstanding pictures of 1936 only half are essentially American 
in theme and background. The appetite of the moviegoer, be he critic or fan knows 
no national boundaries. In this connection, it may be observed that from 1922 to 1936, 
inclusive, only three of the No. One pictures have been American in locale, these excep- 
tions being "The Covered Wagon" (1923), "The Gold Rush" (1925) and "Cimarron" 

There is many another lesson and conclusion to be drawn from the result of the 
1936 symposium of course. The gains in numbers of votes cast, in the number of 
local polls conducted by participating critics and in the number of "big vote" pictures 
are all fraught with obvious meanings. 


COR instance, a greater interest in pictures generally, a fuller appreciation of the place 
■ the cinema is taking in the field of art, an acknowledgement that Hollywood is 
alert to the exacting demands of a discriminating public. 

"A discriminating public." Well, how else to describe an audience which includes 
"A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Green Pastures," "A Tale of Two Cities" and 
"Anthony Adverse" among the year's "best." And, in truth, "Dodsworth" and 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur" might be cited as well, for they departed from the con- 
ventional popular formula. 

Yes, the cinema's audience today is discriminating, its standards far more exacting 
than those which prevailed in the so-called "golden era" of the legitimate. It takes 
such a critical spotlight as a "Ten Best" poll to reveal fully the annual growth in that 


FINALLY, as bearing upon the thesis that sustained manpower is the industry main- 
spring, your attention is invited to the fact that, for the third successive year, Leo 
the Lion has contributed four of the "Ten Best," topped by the No. One film of the 
year, "Mutiny on the Bounty." 

It is a record as enviable as that of THE FILM DAILY'S original poll itself which, 
setting the pace, is tops. 

Geo. A. Delis in Hospital, 
Geo. S. Delis Well Again 

Canton, O. — George A. Delis, dis- 
trict manager of the Interstate 
Theaters, Inc., with headquarters 
at Steubenville, is back in Mercy 
Hospital here recovering from a 
fgractured leg suffered recentlv 
while visiting theaters of the chain 
in the upper Ohio valley. Delis 
previously has been confined to the 
hospital here for several months 
following an auto accident about a 
year ago near Zanesville in which 
he was seriously injured. 

East Liverpool, O. — George S. 
Delis, city manager of the State and 
American theaters here has fully 
recovered from an illness which 
kept him confined for some time at 
a Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital and is 
back at his desk at his offices here. 

Loew Theater & Realty Net 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington— Loew's Theater and 
Realty Corp. had a total net income 
of $419,006.05 as reported by the 
Securities Exchange Commission. 

to "box office." There may be ex- 
ceptions, yet for those exceptions, 
if they exist, it is easily possible to 
see longevity that must turn the 

Museum of Modern Art 

to Show Foreign Films 

Initial showing of Museum of 
Modern Art Film Library's first for- 
eign motion picture program will 
be held Sunday evening at 8:30 in 
auditorium of American Museum of 
Natural History, 77th St. and Cen- 
tral Park West. Preceding this 
inaugural, a press preview is set 
for Friday afternoon at 2:30 in Film 
Library's new projection room in 
Grand Central Palace. 

Program 1, entitled The Film In 
Germany: Legend and Fantasy, is 
composed of following pictures: (a) 
group of half-minute films made 
by Skladanowsky (1896); (b) "Don 
Juan's Wedding" (1909); "Misun- 
derstood" (1912); (c) one sequence 
of "The Golem" (1920); and (d) 
full length feature, "The Cabinet of 
Dr. Caligari" (1919). Program, in 
keeping with Museum of Modern 
Art's motion picture policy, will be 
made available to schools, colleges 
and cultural groups in U. S. 

G. N. Gets "Wagons" Rights 

Grand National has acquired film 
rights to "Snow-Covered Wagons," 
which it may produce on its own 
for the 1937-38 season. Lorenzo 
Del Riccio has been scheduled to 
make the picture. 


{Continued from Page 1 ) 

National Council for Industrial 
Progress, controlling maximum 
working hours, minimum wages and 
fair trade practices for all indus- 
tries, including the film business, is 
expected to receive Administration 
backing when it is introduced in 
Congress at the session just begin- 

Neth To Build $200,000 
Columbus Suburban House 

Columbus, O. — Work will start 
immediately on a new $200,000, 
1,500-seat suburban motion picture 
theater at High and Moler Sts., it 
is announced by J. Real Neth, pres- 
ident of the J. Real Neth Theaters 
Co. Theater, to be known as Neth's 
Marhman, will open in early May. 
Parking facilities adjacent will ac- 
commodate 500 automobiles. 

Neth also operates the State, 
Clinton, Eastern and Cameo thea- 
ters, suburban houses here, and has 
an interest in the Ritz and Rivoli 
theaters. C. Arthur Carlson, of 
Columbus, is the architect-contrac- 
tor for the new theater. Neth also 
announced he planned two more 
new suburban houses, the sites for 
which have not as yet been selected. 

Oceanic to Spend Million 

on Film Biog. of Caruso 

Initial production of the recently- 
formed Oceanic Pictures will be 
"Caruso the Magnificent," by Bur- 
net Hershey and Lyon Mearson, an- 
nounces Howard A. Newman, attor- 
ney for the company. It is stated 
that $1,000,000 will be spent on the 
picture, which will be produced in 

Authors-adaptors sail for Italy 
Jan. 16 on the Rex to obtain addi- 
tional data. James Simonelli, com- 
pany representative now in Rome, 
has been pledged Italian co-opera- 


,000 Pension Fund Gift 

Dallas — Expressing the apprecia- 
tion of the Interstate Theaters for 
the efficiency of the Dallas police 
and fire departments during 1936, 
Karl Hoblitzelle, president, mailed 
a check for $1,000 for the police- 
men's, firemen's, and signal opera- 
tors' pension fund. 

Warner Heads Lincoln Union 

Lincoln, Neb. — Roy Warner was 
named president of the local I. A. T. 
S. E. With him as business agent 
is Jimmy McCauley. John Hamp- 
ton is vice-president; Lem Mulner. 
sergeant-at-arms; Ashley Williams, 
treasurer; and Homer Hotchkiss, 
corresponding secretary. 

Sir Cedric Is Flu Victim 

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, now ap- 
pearing in "Promise" on the Broad- 
way stage, is ill with the flu. 


Thursday, Jan. 7,1937 






HVjf Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — The vanguard of mo- 
tion picture people journeying to 
Hollywood from all parts of the na- 
tion to pay tribute to Adolph Zukor 
at the birthday dinner being given 
in his honor tonight arrived in the 
film city yesterday. 

Among the first arrivals at Para- 
mount's Hollywood studio were Rus- 
sell Holman, Mr. and Mrs. Y. Frank 
Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Rich- 
ards, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Lightman, 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilby, Mr. and 
Mrs. J. J. Fitzgibbons, Mr and Mrs. 
Sam Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs. Martin 
Mullin, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pinanski, 
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Balaban, Mr. 
and Mrs. Karl Hoblitzelle, Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank Walker, Mr. and Mrs. 
W. A. Schlessinger, Mr. and Mrs. 
A. H. Blank, Austin Keough, Frank 
Meyer. John Graham, John Hicks. 
Jr., Vincent Trotta. Charles Gart- 
ner, Albert Deane, George Weltner. 
Miss Bplle Goldstein and Miss Ma- 
thilda Kass. 

Men, Women Who Doubled in Brass 
In the Ten Outstanding Films of 1936 

Will H. Hays to be Speaker at 
Zukor Silver Jubilee Dinner 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAII^Y 
Hollywood — Will H. Hays will be 
the speaker at the Paramount Silver 
Jubilee diner for Adolph Zukor. He 
will present Zukor with an auto- 
graphed book the pages of which 
have be?n circulated in almost every 
country of the world for the col- 
lection of valued signatures. 

Martha Raye, Shirley Ross 
Injured While on Location 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILV 
Hollywood — Martha Raye and 
Shirley Ross were painfully though 
not seriously injured yesterday 
while at Balboa Beach, with a loca- 
tion unit filming exterior scenes for 
Bing Crosby's next Paramount star- 
ring picture, "Waikiki Wedding." 
Miss Raye sustained bruises when 
the chauffeur of her car applied the 
brakes too suddenly, throwing her 
against the rear of the front seat. 
Miss Ross slipped on a wet step on 
a ladder while boarding a yacht be- 
ing used in the picture and wrenched 
her shoulder. 

Dipson Entertains 

Wheeling, W. Va. — Film distribu- 
tion executives of Pittsburgh and 
Cleveland and exhibitor friends of 
N. D. Dipson and his associates 
were among those present recently 
at an informal reception and dance 
at the Capitol ballroom above the 
newly opened Capitol Theater here. 
The Capitol, extensively remodeled, 
has reopened. 

Warner Gets Tenn. House 

Fulton, Tenn. — The Warner cir- 
cuit has leased a new $75,000 film 
theater here. 

MILO ANDERSON: Costumer on 
three WB pix; "Anthony Adverse," 
"Green Pastures" and "Story of 
Louis Pasteur." 

player; appeared in both "Dods- 
worth" and "Mutiny On the 

player; appeared in both "A Tale 
of Two Cities" and "Mr. Deeds 
Goes To Town." 

ated in writing stage play, "The 
Green Pastures"; collaborated with 
Sheridan Gibney on screenplay; and 
was film's co-director with William 

WILLIAM CUMBY: Screen play- 
er; appeared in three roles in 
"Green Pastures." 

RALPH DAWSON: Film editor 
on "Anthony Adverse," "A Mid- 
summer Night's Dream" and "The 
Story of Louis Pasteur." 

directed "The Story of Louis Pas- 
teur" and was co-director with Max 
Reinhardt of "A Midsummer Night's 

player; appeared in cast of both 
"Anthony Adverse" and "A Mid- 
sumer Night's Dream." 

CLARK GABLE: Star of both 
"Mutiny On the Bounty" and "San 

TONY GAUDIO: Cinematogra- 
pher on "Anthony Adverse" and 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur." 

CEDRIC GIBBONS: Art director 
on all four of M-G-M's, i.e.— 
"Mutiny On the Bounty", "San 
Francisco", "A Tale of Two Cities" 
and "The Great Ziegfeld." 

screenplay of "Anthony Adverse" 
and collaborated on screenplays of 
"The Green Pastures" (with Marc 
Connelly) and "The Story of Louis 
Pasteur" (with Pierre Collings). 

ANTON GROT: Art director on 
both "Anthony Adverse" and "A 
Midsummer Night's Dream." 

player; appeared in "San Francisco" 
and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." 

REX INGRAM: Screen player; 
appeared in two roles in the same 
picture: "The Green Pastures." 

HALL JOHNSON: Both arranged 
choral numbers and directed their 
rendition in "The Green Pastures." 

player; appeared in "San Francis- 
co" and "The Great Ziegfeld." 

GOLD: Wrote original music score 
of "Anthony Adverse" and made 
musical arrangements for "A Mid- 
summer Night's Dream." 

FRITZ LEIBER: Screen player; 
appeai-ed in two WB pix and one 
M-G-M: "The Story of Louis Pas- 

teur," "Anthony Adverse" and "A 
Tale of Two Cities." 

ANITA LOUISE: Screen player; 
appeared m all three of WB pix: 
"Anthony Adverse," "A Midsummei 
Night's Dream" and "The Story of 
Louis Pasteur." 

EILY MALYON: Screen player; 
appeared in both "Anthony Ad- 
verse" and "A Tale of Two Cities." 

OLIVER T. MARSH: Cinematog- 
rapher of three: "The Great Zieg- 
feld," "A Tale of Two Cities" and 
"San Francisco." 

HAL MOHR: Cinematographer of 
"The Green Pastures" and "A Mid- 
summer Night's Dream." 

HENRY O'NEILL: Screen play- 
er; appeared in "The Story of Louis 
Pasteur" and "Anthony Adverse." 

REGINALD OWEN: Screen play- 
er; appeared in "The Great Zieg- 
feld" and "A Tale of Two Cities." 

player; appeared in "San Francis- 
co" and "Anthony Adverse." 

FRANK REICHER: Screen play- 
er; appeared in "The Story of Louis 
Pasteur" and "Anthony Adverse." 

GEORGE REED: Screen player; 
played two roles in the same pic- 
ture, "Green Pastures." 

director on both "The Green Pas- 


A minimum of $20,000,000 will 
be spent by 20th Century-Fox on 56 
productions during 1937, according 
to an announcement by Darryl Za- 
nuck. The budget only applies to 
American producing activities of the 
company and does not include 
money already expended in the mak- 
ing of 10 productions to be released 
on the K-4 program during this year. 

Company will continue for 12 
months at least its policy of making 
pictures based on timely themes and 
the making of a variety of subjects 
ranging from historical epics to 
musical comedies. 

tures" and "A Midsummer Night's 

musical score of "Mutiny On the 
Bounty" and was musical director 
on "San Francisco" and "A Tale 
of Two Cities." 

AKIM TAMIROFF: Screen play- 
er; appeared in "The Story of Louis 
Pasteur" and "Anthony Adverse." 

player; appeared in "Mr. Deeds 
Goes to Town" and "The Great 

DONALD WOODS: Screen play- 
er; appeared in "A Tale of Two 
Cities", "Anthony Adverse" and 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur." 

35,000,000 PEOPLE 


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The only motion picture filmed by special permission and 

"A masterpiece 
to be seen not 
once but many 


"II you haven't 
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"This production 
is cleaning' up a 
small fortune for 
its owner . . has 
made more dough 
in the last six 
months than most 
have made the 
last six years." 

" 'Cloistered' has 
broken all rec- 




few states are available only to A-l 
men having great knowledge of 
showmanship. Excellent references 

THEATRES WANTED — If you have 
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Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 

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Slim Summervilie in 


with Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane, Spring 

Byington, Russell Gleason 


20th Century-Fox 58 mins. 


Robert Ellis' and Helen Logan's ideas of 
that which happens when the Jones Family 
gets mixed up with Uncle George and his 
race-horse makes one of the best of this 
series if not the best. Their original 
screenplay is one regular down-to-earth 
situation after another with dialogue that 
sparkles. It is enjoyable entertainment 
for regular audiences, especially the family 
trade. The characters as created by Kath- 
arine Kavanaugh are the same as in the 
previous pictures in the series, and in ad- 
dition there is Slim Summervilie in a role 
tailored to his talents. His character is a 
valuable and welcome asset adding much 
to the entertainment value. He is good 
for a majority of the laughs and most every- 
thing centers around him. The work is 
pretty well divided among a group of the 
players who express the spirit of the piece, 
as does Frank R. Strayer, whose direction 
gives a quick moving pace. From the cast 
he has obtained excellent performances and 
what he has placed on the screen is most 
enjoyable every foot of the way. Max 
Golden, the associate producer, has here a 
production of which he can be proud and 
one which should be highly profitable. Slim 
Summervilie arrives at the Jones house with 
his horse, which he has entered in the trot- 
ting races at the fair. There is much to 
do about the keeping and the feeding of 
the horse. Slim's getting there is the mat- 
ter of the entrance fee from the aunt and 
the riding rig from the boys. He also gets 
the daughter's fiance to do some betting 
which will insure the marriage. The hap- 
piness of everyone concerned depends on 
the race. Slim's second wife, who wants 
her alimony, catches up with him just as 
he is about to start off. Jed Prouty, the 
father, who hasn't driven in years takes 
the reins. After a hectic race, he crosses 
the line first. 

Cast: Slim Summervilie, Jed Prouty, Shir- 
ley Deane, Spring Byington, Russell Glea- 
son, Kenneth Howell, George Ernest, June 
Carlson, Florence Roberts, Billy Mahan, Ann 
Gillis, Fred Toones, Chick Chandler, Ruth 

Associate Producer, Max Golden; Direc- 
tor, Frank Strayer; Authors, Robert Ellis 
and Helen Logan, based on the characters 
created by Katharine Kavanaugh; Camera- 
man, Barney McGill; Editor, Alex Troffey; 
Musical Director, Samuel Kaylin; Song, 
"Meet the Family," L. Wolfe Gilbert and 
Felix Bernard. 

Direction, Excellent. Photography, Excel- 

Color Rhapsody Booked 

"Two Lazy Crows", Columbia's 
latest Color Rhapsody has been 
booked to play the entire RKO met- 
ropolitan circuit. The picture was 
produced by the Charles Mintz ani- 
mated cartoon studios. 


"SZERELMI ALMOK" ("Dreams of 
Love"), Hungarian musical film; an Attila 
production, written and directed by Heinz 
Hiller, with Ferenc Taray, Maria Sulyok, 
Giza Bathory, et al, in cast. Presented at 
the Modern Playhouse. 

Film fans in general and music lovers in 
particular will find this substantial entertain- 
ment. Summary titles in English make ac- 
tion and episodes completely clear. Story 
deals with an historically unsubstantiated 
epoch in life of Franz Liszt, when that 
world-famed composer invites the Countes: 
Maria to appear as soloist in Budapest 
concert on his 50th birthday. The Countess, 
over whom a duel has been waged, finds 
that Wendland, Liszt's pupil who has been 
wounded for her sake in the affair of honor, 
is the orchestra conductor at the concert. 
Picture is excellently acted, and musical 
backgrounds by the Budapest Symphony 
are splendidly wrought. 


"The Worm Turns" 

(Mickey Mouse) 

United Artists 10 mins. 

Mickey Magic 

A very clever skit in which Mickey 
acts as a chemist and dopes out a 
liquid that puts fighting blood into 
any poor downtrodden animal. 
Mickey gives a shot of it to the 
fly caught in the spider's web, and 
the fly forthwith proceeds to clean 
up the spider. The same procedure 
follows with the cat and the mouse, 
the dog and the cat, and finally the 
dog and the dog-catcher. All the 
poor worms turn with the aid of 
the magic liquid, and perform feats 
of valor against their bigger oppon- 

"Don Donald" 

(Mickey Mouse) 

United Artists 10 mins. 


Donald Duck is seen as a gay 
caballero making love to a fair 
senorita. He serenades her, then 
takes her off in the desert for a ride 

in his new auto. But the auto starts 
to buck and then when he gets it 
started, it runs wild with his fair 
senorita. When Donald catches up, 
the car has thrown the lovely pas- 
senger into a pool of water, and she 
walks home, leaving the romantic 
Don Duck flat. 

"More Kittens" 

(Silly Symphony) 

United Artists 10 mins. 

Funny Adventures 

High adventures of three kittens 
who are thrown out of the house 
by the colored maid, and start to 
make friends with the big St. Ber- 
nard in the garden. The kittens 
romp around and have a high old 
time with a turtle, a bee, and a 
scrappy bird. When they get into 
trouble they come flying back to the 
St. Bernard for sympathy and pro- 

Vitaphone Pictorial Revue No. 4 

Vitaphone 11 mins. 

Nice Diversity 

The revue covers three very in- 
teresting subjects. First is shown 
how future aviators are put through 
a severe series of tests to determine 
their ability to take it in the air. 
Then follows an absorbing disclos- 
ure of marvellous intricate ma- 
chines designed to test a variety of 
merchandising articles as to quality 
and durability. The final subject 
deals with milady's fashions for 
winter wear down South. A gor- 
geous sequence in color. 

"Reel Vaudeville" 

(Big Time Vaudeville) 

Vitaphone llmins. 


In which Harry Rose acts as mas- 
ter of ceremonies in presenting 
several vaude acts. Harry mixes 
in with the acts, and contrives to 
be more or less funny, but mostly 
rowdy, which passes for fun in some 
circles. The Three Queens as tap 
dancers are very alluring. Carroll 
and Howe do a neat comedy skit. 

McConville, Coordinator 
of Montague Sweepstakes 

Joe McConville, Sales Supervisor, 
will act as co-ordinator of "Colum- 
bia's Montague Sweepstakes", title 
for the company's annual drive for 
sales and billings, so named as a 
tribute to General Sales Manager 
Abe Montague. The drive will be 
launched Jan. 17 and continue until 
May 1. 

McConville, who has acted in a 
similar capacity for previous cam- 
paigns, is now working out the de- 
tails of his three months' campaign. 
A series of bonuses will be awarded 
during the period of the campaign. 
There will also be grand awards 
made on its completion. 

Paramount MPTOA Reply 
Waits on Agnew's Return 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tists, 20th Century-Fox and Univer- 
sal have already made public their 
answers to Ed Kuykendall, president 
of the national exhibitor association. 
Returning to New York from the 
Coast, after attending the Adolph 
Zukor silver jubilee dinner tomor- 
row night and production confer- 
ences later, Agnew will stop off at 
a number of key cities and attend 
premiere of "Champagne Waltz" at 

"Janosik" Stays a Third 

"Janosik," the picture now play- 
ing at the Filmarte Theater, will 
be held over for a third week. 

The Bee Hee Rubyatee Troupe are 
acrobats with class. Rose finishes 
with a specialty and does some 
funny work mixing in with the acro- 
batic troupe. 

Jimmie Lunceford and His 

Dance Orchestra 

(Melody Masters) 

Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Hot Jazz 

A typical sepia band, with a ritzy 
aggregation of hot-cha instrument 
men. The band does several num- 
bers with different members doing 
their specialties with great gusto 
and zip. Also there are the Three 
Brown Jacks, lively steppers, and 
Myra Johnson doing a hot song 
number. Directed by Joseph Hena- 

"Pigs Is Pigs" 

(Merrie Melody Cartoon) 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 


The fanciful adventure of Junior 
Pig, who has a nightmare after 
making a little pig of himself at 
the supper table. He dreams that 
an ogre captures him, and puts him 
through a terrible ordeal, strapped 
to a chair and forced to be fed by 
machines till he almost bursts. In 
fact he does blow up at the end, 
only to find that he is being called 
for breakfast by his ma. Done in 
color, and the mechanical contri- 
vances are very funny and ingeni- 
ous. Produced by Leon Schlesinger. 

"The Hollanders" 

(Colortour Adventure) 

Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Fine Scenic 

E. M. Newman travelogue in Hol- 
land, in which he takes us on a 
delightful journey to quaint spots 
in Holland seldom seen on the screen. 
Filmed in natural color, the wind- 
mills, dykes, canals, and the pic- 
turesque life of the inhabitants is 
presented in all its varied aspects. 

"It's All Over Now" 

(Broadway Brevity) 

Vitaphone 20 mins. 

Neat Novelty 

Neat musical and dancing novel- 
ty. Dan Healy appears as a bach- 
elor about to be married, and he 
starts to get rid of all the photo- 
graphs of his old sweeties, assisted 
by his valet who has taken part in 
his love escapades. As they look at 
the photographs, the camera cuts 
back to the scenes of the adventure 
as it was lived by him. There is a 
Scotch lassie, a Russian charmer, a 
Bermuda dame. These sequences 
are very nicely handled with appro- 
priate atmosphere. Then back tc 
the final photo remaining of the girl 
he is going to marry. A little of 
comedy and dancing and music, with 
the girls all very charming. 

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W. Ray Johnston announced yes- 
terday that Sterling Pictures Corpo- 
ration had acquired the trade mark, 
good will and negatives of the for- 
mer Monogram Pictures Corpora- 
tion of New York and that an 
amendment of the certificate of in- 
corporation of the Sterling- company 
had been filed in Delaware changing 
the name of that company to Mono- 
gram Pictures Corporation. 

The New York organization, which 
has been in the process of liquida- 
tion for the past two years, is 
changing its name to W. Ray John- 
ston Enterprises, Inc., so that the 
Delaware company may register to 
do business in New York state. The 
Monogram trade mark will there- 
fore come into actual use again 
starting with the 1937-38 program. 

First releases to bear the trade 
mark will be "Legion of Missing 
Men", "The Outer Gate", "Romance 
of the Limberlost" and "Paradise 
Isle", all of which will be in the 
exchanges when they open in June. 
All exchanges acquiring the new 
franchises will operate under the 
name of Monogram. 

Officers of the new Monogram 
company are: W. Ray Johnston, 
president; Scott R. Dunlap, vice- 
president; J. P. Friedhoff, treasurer, 
and M. S. White, secretary. Louis 
S. Lifton who has been directing 
Sterling's publicity and advertising 
department retains the same post in 
the new setup. 

"Great Guy", Cagney Film, 
Playing in 50 Key Cities 

Grand National is playing "Great 
Guy", James Cagney vehicle, in ap- 
proximately 50 key cities during 
this week and next, it was stated by 
President Edward Alperson yester- 
day. Its next big-cost production, 
"23% Hours' Leave", is scheduled 
for national release late next month 
or early in March. 

Alperson leaves New York late 
next week for Hollywood. 

Fecke, Hit-Run Victim 

Herbert Fecke, member of the 
Motion Picture Herald advertising 
department, was struck bv a hit-run 
driver as he stepped off the curbing 
at Grand Central Station. It was 
necessary to take five stitches to 
close cuts in his forehead and two 
to treat cuts on his chin. 

St. Louis Takes Honors 

St. Louis, Mo. — The motion picture 
film exchanges of St. Louis again were 
the model of the nation in the annual 
Fire Prevention Week program, it is 
announced. Cleveland, 0.. exchanges 
ranked second, according to the ratings 
of the National Fire Protective Associa- 
tion. The St. Louis motion picture the- 
aters also had the highest rating in the 
national competition. 

NEWS of the DAY 

Detroit — Al Dezel of Chicago has 
registered the Albert Dezel Road- 

Detroit — John Wagar, former 
treasurer of the Fox Theater, has 
been made assistant to Joseph La 
Rose, manager of the Eastown The- 
ater, following transfer of Jack 
Moule to manage the Tuxedo Thea- 
ter by the Wisper and Wetsman Cir- 
cuit. Wagar was formerly with 
Proctor's, at Troy, N. Y. 

John Day, Ore. — Mrs. Bertha 
Dixon, who has operated the John 
Day Theater here and one at Prairie 
City for a number of years, has 
opened the New Orpheum here. She 
will remodel the Prairie City house 
next Spring. 

Portland, Ore.— Walter Finney has 
been named to supervise the May- 
fair Theater. He has recently been 
manager of the Riviera Theater in 
Tacoma, Wash. 

Newport, Wash.— Vernon L. Baker, 
George H. Unternahrer, Ivy A. Un- 
ternahrer and Nelson W. Baker have 
incorporated the Baker Amusement 
Co. to operate a circuit of motion 
picture theaters. 

McPherson, Kan. — Verne V. Pig- 
gott has purchased the Mac Theater 
from C. C. McOllister. 

Kansas City— The Athens Thea- 
ter Corp. has purchased the Castle 
Theater, Negro house, from Bra- 
Canto & Domnici. The competitive 
house, the Hollywood, just two 
blocks away, will be closed. 

Monette, Mo.— The New Theater 
is being remodeled and refurnished. 

Atlanta — The Martin circuit has 
purchased a half interest in the Car- 
roll Theater at Carrollton, Ga., and 
the Bremen Theater at Bremen, Ga., 
from Oscar Oldknow. 

Atlanta — A new 20-year lease on 
the Fox Theater has been made by 
Lucas & Jenkins at a total rental 
of $600,000. 

Butler, Ind. — Wayne Goodman has 
acquired the Butler Theater here. 

West Memphis, Ark. — Bids on the 
new 700-seat Crittenden theater, to 
be erected in this city, were opened 
at the office of Estes W. Mann, Mem- 
phis. Mann and Bruce Barnes, 
St. Louis, are the architects. Work 
on the building, which will be owned 
by the Jackson Co., will begin with- 
in the next few days. The house 
will be leased to the Crittenden 
Amusement Co., which will operate 
it. Wils Davis, formerly of Arkan- 
sas, now of Memphis, is president. 

Haverhill, Mass. — The Morse & 
Rothenberg circuit has purchased 
the Strand Theater Building from 
I. M. Leven. The circuit has had 

the lease on the Strand Theater for 
several years. 

Thursday, Jan. 7,1937, 



North Adams, Mass. — The em- 
ployees of the Paramount Theater' 
tendered a birthday party to Mana- 
ger Fred Frechette recently. French- 
ette and his assistant, Jerry Savoy, 
were presented pen and pencil sets' 
and, in addition, Frenchette was 
given a birthday cake. 

Republic, Kan. — Earl E. Grice 
will open a new theater here. 

Claflin, Neb. — J. A. Townsley, 
owner of the Ritz at Little River, 
has opened his new Claflin Theater 

Bedford, Ind.— The Lawrence The- 
ater, dark for many years and re- 
cently acquired by Theatrical Man- 
agers, Inc., has been renovated and 
reopened by H. E. McCarrell. 

Geneva, Ind.— The Star Theater 
was sold to Robert J. Schmidt. It 
was formerly operated by M. C. Ed- 

Boswell, Ind. — The Roxy Theater, 
long dark, has been opened by 
Smith and Gustus. 

Leamington, Ont. — Tentative 
plans have been prepared for new 
theater on Talbot Ave. to hold 800 
persons, for Theater Holding Corp., 
Ltd., and Premier Operating Corp., 
Ltd. of Toronto. 

Hinsdale, N. H. — The newly re- 
conditioned 268-seat Playhouse 
formerly the Monitor theater has 
opened under the management of 
Carl H. Nilman of Shelburne Falls. 

St. Louis, Mo. — The Hollywood 
Amusement Co. has been incorpor- 
ated by Al Rosecan, Dorothy Rose- 
can, both of St. Louis, and Walter 
Voracek, Overland, Mo. 

Seattle — With Architect Bjorne 
Moe in charge, the Evans Invest- 
ment Co. will build a new $60,000 
moving picture theater at Ellens- 

Wheeling, W. Va. — John Finley, 
former assistant manager of the 
Harris-Alvin at Pittsburgh has re- 
signed to become associated with 
Wheeling Theaters, Inc., as mana- 
ger of the newly opened Capitol 
Theater here, it is announced. 

Chicago — The 2,000-seat Midway 
Theater at Rockford under Sol 
Strauss' management has been add- 
ed to the Rockford Theaters Enter- 
prises Co. The Orpheum theater 

under the Van Metre management 
will be closed shortly for remodel- 
ing. Strauss will announce his new 
connection shortly. 

Chicago — Edward J. Bouchard 

Chicago — Judge Grover Niemeyei| 
has granted 33 theaters permissiori 
to join the Iris Theater management 
in its injunction suit against citj 
enforcement of Bank Nights. 

Alderman Walter Orlikoski han 
submitted an amendment to th<| 
City Counsel for a change in th< 
code to legalize Bank Night and 
other theater drawings. 

Lincoln, Neb. — State Insurant 
Director Smrha yesterday orderec 
Omaha police to gather evidence 
that an Omaha insurance firm was 
circulating blanks for a dime eacl 
which will insure the holder against 
loss of a Bank Night pot up to $500 
Smrha previously ruled against li 
censing similar insurance plan be 
cause he believed it impossible t( 
insure against loss of property 
which one did not have. 

Insurance blanks are being ped 
died in Omaha by way of cigar store; 
and pool halls, having no connec- 
tion with the theaters using Banl 

Although the Attorney Genera 
has declared Bank Night a lottery 
nothing particularly has been don< 
to stop scheme so far. Smrha prom 
ises immediate prosecution of in 
surance group which may lead t< 
definite step against Bank Night it 

Charlotte, N. C. — Theater opera 
tors and law enforcement officer; 
are flooding the office of Attorney 
General A. A. F. Seawell for ruling; 
on the legality of Bank Nights anc 
Jackpot Nights. 

The attorney general said that i) 
some cases he has ruled that th 
theaters were violating the anti- 
gambling laws of North Carolina 
In other cases, he found the theater; 
were conducting their "bank nights' 
in such a way that no violation ot 
the gambling laws was involved. 

Operate on Samuelson 

Sidney E. Samuelson, active in Al 
lied affairs, yesterday underwent ai 
operation at Sydenham Hospital 
New York. He is expected to leavt 
the hospital tomorrow or Saturday 

has been named as agent for th< 
Indiana Theater Realty Co. of Soutl 
Bend. The new company also ha; 
Joseph C. Marsh and A. A. Rafinsk 
as directors. 

Lincoln — Bill Youngclaus has be 
come the majority bondholder oi 
the Island, Grand Island, He oper 
ates the Majestic in G. I. now. 

Exhib Coaches Theater Quint 

Boston — The Coolidge Corner Theater, 
Brookline, has organized a basketball 
team and is participating in the Brook- 
line League. Jack Markle, manager of 
the theater, is the coach. 

Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 


{Continued from Page 1) 

graphed that the simultaneous poll 
there drew 20,000 ballots, the total 
"far above expectations". It was 
the Sentinel's first poll, incidentally. 

William E. J. Martin, Buffalo 
Courier-Express critic, who has 
conducted local polls for several 
years, telegraphed that the number 
of fans voting- showed a 25 per cent 
increase over last year, and nearly 
four times as many as in the first 
year. The Buffalo total stood at 
2,917, with 1,200 votes pouring in 
the last two days. 

The Buffalo fan "Ten Best" em- 
braced, in order: "The Great Zieg- 
feld", "Mutiny on the Bounty", 
"Anthony Adverse", "San Fran- 
cisco", "Magnificent Obsession", 
"The Green Pastures", "A Tale of 
Two Cities", "Mr. Deeds Goes to 
Town", 'The Story of Louis Pas- 
teur" and "Dodsworth". 

This list, save in one particular, 
"Magnificent Obsession", is iden- 
tical with The Film Daily's "Ten 
Best", although the order differs. 
Martin himself named nine of the 
10 on The Film Daily's roster. 

The Courier's editor-in-chief ex- 
pressed his "gratification" at the 
reader-interest created by the co- 
operative poll. 

Mildred Martin, film critic of the 
Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that 
more than 2,500 fans participated 
in her poll, the 10 winning pictures 
being "Mutiny on the Bounty", "The 
Great Ziegfeld", "San Francisco", 
"Anthony Adverse", "Magnificent 
Obsession", "Mr. Deeds Goes to 
Town", "A Tale of Two Cities", 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur", "Cap- 
tain Blood" and "Dodsworth". 

Leo Miller, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Herald film critic, who has polled 
his readers for a period of years, 
advised that there had been a 
marked gain in the number of votes 
cast. The number of contestants 
in this year's poll was 1,767. Win- 
ner in his local contest will be the 
paper's guest on a trip to New 

A. Alfred Marcello, drama editor 
of the Providence News Tribune, tele- 
graphed that approximately 5,000 
participated in his local poll, the 
first in Rhode Island, this figure be- 
ing "far greater than anticipated". 

Providence fans voted "Anthony 
Adverse" outstanding, and the com- 
posite "Best Ten" included seven 
pictures found on The Film Daily's 
roster. Exhibitors, taking cogniz- 
ance of the deep interest manifested 
by the public, have pledged their 
fullest support for the 1937 poll 
which the News Tribune already is 

Cameron Shipp, drama editor of 
the Charlotte (N. C.) News, tele- 
graphed that 203 fans took part in 
the News' first annual contest for 
the ten best films of the year. The 
contest was promoted in the Sunday 
issue of the News only, for three 
weeks. Sixty-six titles were voted 
on by 203 fans. They chose "An- 

A "JUttU" fan "lots 



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ter. The script was prepared by 
Boyce DeGaw and Isabel Dawn. 

▼ T T 

Peggy Wood, has been added to 
the cast of "Call It A Day," the 
Warner Bros.-First National film 

thony Adverse," "Story of Louis 
Pasteur," "Mr. Deeds Goes to 
Town," "The Great Ziegfeld," "The 
Gorgeous Hussy," "The Petrified 
Forest" in the order named. Tied 
for tenth place were "San Francis- 
co," "My Man Godfrey" and "Cap- 
tain Blood." Winner of the News' 
contest was Murphy Pruette of 
Peachland who scored 70 per cent 
of The Film Daily's poll. Brodie 
S. Griffith, managing editor of the 
News, Shipp adds, praises highly 
The Film Daily's poll as a local 
circulation promotion. 

Alvin C. Zurcher, motion picture 
critic of the Chillicothe, O., News- 
Advertiser, who also conducted a 
local poll for the first time, tele- 
graphed that it was "a great suc- 
cess" and that it scored with both 
his circulation department and local 

An interesting feature of the 
Chillicothe local poll, which drew 
approximately 1,500 votes, was the 
fact that the first 11 pictures cor- 
responded (although not in running 
order) with the first 11 on The 
Film Daily's score card. Moreover, 
Zurcher and 18 of his readers named 
nine of the national "Ten Best". 

"Anthony Adverse" led the Chilli- 
cothe poll, followed by: "The Great 
Ziegfeld", "The Green Pastures", 
"San Francisco", "Magnificent Ob- 
session", "Mutinv on the Bounty' 1 , 
"A Tale of Two Cities", "The Story 
of Louis Pasteur", "Dodsworth", 
"A Midsummer Night's Dream", 
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" finished 
11th, but only 10 votes behind 
Shakespeare's fantasy. 

A brief telegraphic flash from 
Robert Randol, film critic of the 
Fort Worth, Tex., Star-Telegram ad- 
vised that 16 fans who voted in his 
local poll named nine of the films 
comprising The Film Daily's "Ten 
Best" and that no less than 101 
named seven of the national win- 

More than 50 newspapers through- 
out the United States conducted lo- 
cal polls, the majority tying in di- 
rectly with The Film Daily's 
No. 1 symposium. First of such lo- 
cal polls was conducted 10 years aeo 
by the Syracuse. N. Y., Herald, and 
from it grew The Herald Cinema 
Critics Club, pioneer newspaper fan 

"Our local poll will be a yearly 
feature hereafter," was the enthu- 
siastic message telegraphed by Rob- 
ert L. Moora, film critic of the New- 
ark, N. J., Call. Fourteen hundred 
Call readers voted" in the first poll 
in which "The Great Ziegfeld" led, 
followed by "San Francisco," "An- 
thony Adverse" and "Mutiny on the 

version of the New York and Lon- 
don stage hit of last season, in place 
of Spring Byington. Miss Byington, 
originally selected to play the part 
of the artists's wife in the picture, 
was unable to secure a release from 
another studio in time to take the 

The following additions to casts 
were announced today by Para- 

Lillian Harmer, Rita Owen and 
Harvey Clark in "Internes Can't 
Take Money"; Purnell Pratt, James 
Blaine, Robert Perry, James B. Car- 
son, Edward Emerson, Tom O'Grady 
and Tiny Newland in "Murder Goes 
to College"; Lee Shumway, Bob Mc- 
Kenzie, Fritzie Brunette, Jack 
Keckley, Marty Faust, and Earl 
Pingree in "Souls At Sea"; Richard 
Kipling, Gino Corrado, and Lotus 
Liu in "Swing High, Swing Low"; 
Pedro Rigas, George Kaluna, Harry 
Field, George Herrera, Joe Molino, 


(.Continued from Page 1) 

banks are believed shutting down on 
advances for picture purposes, thus 
creating a situation which appears 

Manuella Dalile, and Tony Urche! 
in "Waikiki Wedding." 

T T T 

Robert Montgomery and Rosalind 
Russell have been announced for cast 
of "Night Must Fall," adaptation 
of the successful London and New 
York stage play of same name by 
Emlyn Williams soon to go into pro- 
duction at the Metro-Goldwyn-May- 
er studios. Hunt Stromberg is the 

T T T 

Douglas MacLean started pro- 
duction yesterday on "Twenty-three 
And a Half Hours Leave" after de- 
lay of two weeks due to illness of 
Director John G. Blystone. The 
cast is headed by James Ellison, 
Terry Walker and Morgan Hill. 


Executive Officer 6536 SUNSET BLVD 1 .. Hollywood 





Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 n( 

CjCpl oiUhfy Cutce+d f ilms 

Richards Exploits 

"The Big Broadcast 

AT AN AGE R J. J. Richards, of 
the Palace, Milwaukee, put 
on a swell campaign for the 
opening of "The Big Broadcast 
of 1937," Paramount release 
starring Jack Benny, Burns & 
Allen, Benny Goodman and 
Leopold Stokowski. The picture 
got a splendid advance huild-up 
with newspapers devoting numer- 
ous columns of feature stories 
and art on the many stars in 
the film. In his tie-up division, 
Richards had 36 RCA record 
dealers get up attractive win- 
dow displays featuring Good- 
man and Stokowski. In addition 
75 RCA radio merchants used 
the special 40x60 displays in 
their windows with scene stills 
of Benny, Burns & Allen. At- 
tractive windows were also se- 
cured from local department 
stores. The General Food tie-up 
accounted for Jello streamers 
heing placed on all grocery store 
windows. The special radio 
transcription was used over sta- 
tion WEMP on a 15 minute 
program, and station WTMS 
devoted time to several spot an- 
nouncements during the film's 
engagement. Leading song hits 
from the film were featured on 
many local radio programs and 
leading night club and hotel 
orchestras featured the song 
hits on their programs. Richards 
was successful in promoting a" 
full-page Philco radio co-op ad 
which was gotten out by the 
Gimbel Department store. At 
the Milwaukee Food & Radio 
show a special set piece, men- 
tioning the theater and play- 
date, was displayed in a promi- 
nent section of the exhibit. It 
was estimated that more than 
135,000 persons saw this dis- 
play. Later Richards used this 
same set piece for a display at 
the Milwauke Exposition where 
it was seen by more than 150,- 
000 persons. 

— Palace, Milwaukee. 

Reading Campaign 
On "Daniel Boone" 


r HEN "Daniel Boone" 
reached Reading, Pa., the 
city was well prepared to wel- 
come it, for C. G. Keeney, man- 
ager of the Park Theater, had 
built up an exploitation cam- 
paign that was certain to bring 
in the RKO Radio Picture under 
the best auspices. Well in ad- 
vance of the week's showing, 
leters were mailed to members 
of the city's historical society 
and Boy Scout masters, while 
the Boy Scouts, themselves, re- 
ceived post cards entitling them 

to see the film at a reduced rate. 
The opening night was the oc- 
casion for a paiade of the Veter- 
ans of Foreign Wars plus a 
delegation from the Red Men. 
The parade created a great 
amount of excitement and com- 
ment when it was found that 
"Daniel Boone" was the inspira- 
tion. Heavy newspaper adver- 
tising helped make the "Daniel 
Boone" week one ox the best in 
a long time for the theater. 

— Park, Reading, Pa. 

"Gold Diggers" Campaign 
At New York Strand 

A WEEK in advance of the 
opening, the Daily Mirror 
started a Pepigram Contest in 
conjunction with "Gold Diggers 
of 1937." Readers were asked to 
send in a Pepigram or wise 
crack using any part of the title 
for their subject. Plenty of 
space was devoted to the pic- 
ture and the opening date. Al- 


Nathan Marcus, who has been 
Republic Pictures salesman in the 
Syracuse territory for several 
years, has resigned to join Univers- 
al in the same area. He succeeds 
James Holden. Nat Sodikman, Re- 
public's representative in the 
Rochester district, has taken over 
part of the Syracuse territory in 
a rearrangement of sales work be- 
ing made by Jack Berkowitz, Re- 
public executive in upstate New 

State, county and city officials 
will be guests of honor at the chief 
barker's installation dinner of the 
Variety Club next Monday night. 
Edward K. (Ted) O'Shea, of M-G- 
M, is chairman of arrangements 
for the affair to honor Chief Barker 
Jacob Lavene and his re-elected as- 

Mrs. Jack H. Kaplan, wife of the 
Grand National manager, is ill. 

John Bykowpki, United Artists 
booker, has resumed his duties after 
a battle with a carbuncle on his 

Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Samson are 
back from a motoring trip that took 
them into West Virginia and Ken- 
tucky. It was a vacation from Syd's 
duties as TCF manager here. 

"White Gods" to be Shown 

"White Gods," the film made by 
Cyril Von Baumann and Andre 
Roosevelt in the Ecuadorean jun- 
gles during the trek of the Von 
Baumann Expedition, will be ready 
for trade showing next week, Von 
Baumann, head of the expedition, 
announced today. The film has 
been undergoing extensive editing 
for the past four weeks, a feature 
length picture resulting from the 
26,000 feet of negative filmed in 
and around the Amazonian head- 

Spanish Film Ends Run 

"Los Heroes Del Barrio" ("The 
Heroes Of The District") has com- 
pleted a run at Teatro Cervantes. 
Feature, which presents a number 
of leading Spanish juvenile players 
in addition to adult members of cast, 
is being distributed in U. S. by 
Trans-Oceanic Film Company. 


Jane Rissel has been added to Co- 
lumbia's staff. Bob Morgan has 
also joined Columbia as accessory 

Many film folk are on the s ; ck 
list, including Ann Reck, Booker 
Jimmy Brunetti and Clara Ducker 
of Warners Bros., and United Art- 
ists' Alberta Zieverinck. 

Pearl Blackman of Metro is en- 
gaged to Ben Spaier of Dayton, O., 
and the wedding is set for Jan. 17. 
Olga Thelen, also of Metro, an- 
nounced her engagement to John 
Hanna, filmite. 

Lillian Miller has been added to 
the Metro staff. 

Visitors: Harry Schwartz of Op- 
era House, Lexington; Sidney Sam- 
son, 20th Century-Fox manager 
from Buffalo; Charles Reagan of 
Paramount's West Virginia staff; 
and G. Tighe Landis, manager, 20th 
Century-Fox Indianapolis branch. 

The West Virginia salesmen out 
of Cincy's various exchanges held 
a get-together party at the Plaza 
Hotel. Ross Williams, Johnny Eif- 
ert, Pete Niland, Al Kollitz, Lestei 
Rosenthal, Charley Palmer, M. Mar- 
golis, Ed Burkhardt, Sam Haber 
and Bill LaSance were among those 
present. A midnight supper at Cap- 
roni's followed the meeting. 

Holdovers Rule in Portland 

Portland, Ore. — Holdovers, in 
spite of the two-month-old maritime 
strike, are almost universal. "Libeled 
Lady" just finished a big eight weeks 
run at "Mayfair"; "Gold Diggers" 
will go into the third week at United 
Artists, "College Holiday" now in 
second week at Paramount. "Born 
to Dance" had extra big 21 days at 
United Artists. 

Interstate Theaters Moves 

Boston — Interstate Theaters have 
moved to larger and more modern 
headquarters on the ninth floor of 
the Metropolitan Building. At the 
present time, the Interstate Circuit 
has 24 theaters in operation out of 
a total of 33, the remaining nine 
being summer propositions, accord- 
ing to Edward Ansin and E. Harold 
Stoneman, heads of the circuit. 

though started a week before 
the picture opened, the contest 
started with announcements of 
prizes on opening day. $50 in 
cash and daily tickets for seven 
days were the prizes, bringing 
in an average daily receipt of 
15,000 entries. The Mirror Con- 
test Department acknowledge it 
to be one of the most successful 
of their contests. For the first 
week of the picture, the Daily 
Mirror ran a cross word puzzle 
contest with passes as the 
prizes, with space exclusively 
devoted to "Gold Diggers." The 
Roseland Dance Hall held a con- 
test on December 29th and 30th 
and called it the "Gold Diggers 
Waltz Contest." The theater 
supplied three cash prizes and 
ten pair of tickets as the next 
ten prizes. Announcements were 
made every night for a week 
from the stage of the Roseland, 
and 40x60 sign was placed at the 
Broadway entrance. Three 
weeks in advance, a silhouette 
artist was hired for the lobby 
to make free silhouette pictures 
of the patrons. Each silhouette 
was mounted on a card an- 
nouncing opening of "Gold Dig- 
gers of 1937". A dozen 22x28 
B & W enlargements of Joan 
Blondell were placed in the win- 
dows of twelve of the leading 
florists in the midtown area. 
Schirmer's, the largest music 
store in the city carried an ex- 
clusive window display of all 
the "Gold Diggers" music. Two 
hundred 8x10 easel backed cards 
of Joan Blondell in two special 
hairdress stills were distributed 
to beauty shops from Thirty- 
fourth Street to 96th Street. 
Postal Telegraph distributed 
25.000 colored card heralds to 
all its accounts with each tele- 
gram delivered. These cards 
were imprinted with the thea- 
ter name and the playdate. 
Busy street corners, office build- 
ing lobbies, and all other con- 
gested areas were covered by 
boys distributing to men only, 
10,000 miniature B & W photos 
of one of the "Gold Diggers" 
girls in abbreviated costume, 
with appropriate copy. 15,000 
autographed 8x10 stills of Dick 
Powell were distributed. Studio 
Styles, Mojud stockings, the 
Onondaga Silk Mills, and Lux 
came across with large news- 
paper ads tying-in with the pic- 
ture well in advance of the 
opening. Gimbel's and Macy's 
music departments gave out the 
autographed 8x10 stills; and at 
Gimbel's there was a large dis- 
play in the music department. 
— Strand, New York 


mrsday, Jan. 7, 1937 



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Future of Film Cartoon 
Secure, Says Paul Terry 

HpHE future of the cartoon is 
secure because it has proved 
the most popular and hardy of 
screen formulas. Blending com- 
edy, dramatic values, sound and 
music, it combines all the essen- 
tial ingredients of screen enter- 
tainment. Yet it transcends the 
'real life' films as a medium 
because its possibilities are end- 
less, limited only by the imagin- 
ation of the creator. Yes, the 
cartoon probably will live for- 
ever on the motion picture 
screen. But it has changed tre- 
mendously, not in form so much 
as in expression. Sound has 
brought about the greatest trans- 
formation. And then came color. 
Some animated cartoon pro- 
ducers are toying with the idea 
of a third dimension, but it yet 
remains to be demonstrated 
whether true stereoscopic illu- 
sion is either practicable or 
possible. Perhaps, the next step 
is a combination of the animated 
cartoon with real life characters 
and backgrounds. It is not gen- 
erally realized the amount of 
labor, concentration and expense 
that goes into making a single 
cartoon. Eight thousand indi- 
vidual drawings are required 
for an eight minute subject. It 
takes three months from the 
••tage of developing the idea to 
the finished product. Sound has 
increased costs tremendously. In 
silent days we had a staff of 
25 men turning out 52 animated 
cartoons a year — one a week. 
Today we make 26 subjects a 
year — a 100 per cent increase in 
manpower for half as many sub- 
jects. The result is bound to be 
improvement. An important 
factor in the continued growth 
of the cartoon lies in the per- 
sonnel making it. Men are not 
trained in cartoon work for 
graduation into feature fields. 
They are trained in a field which 
keeps them permanently, and 
thus as new and talented car- 
toon workers are found or de- 
veloped, they add to the brain 
power that is the sole source of 
the cartoon's strength. 

— Paul H. Terry. 

Says Symphonic Music in 

Films Has Come to Stay 

T DECIDED that the time for 
the introduction of symphonic 
music had arrived when I agreed 
to present my orchestra to film 
audiences in "The Big Broad- 
cast of 1937." While the picture 
was playing at the Broadway 
Paramount Theater I visited the 
theater several times, watching 
the reaction of the audience, 
and listening to comment. This 

personal observation has 
convinced me that film 
audiences are eager for the 
best in music, that Hollywood's 
technicians have at last learned 
the secret of giving nearly-per- 
fect reproduction and that sym- 
phonic muisc as a big and vital 
part of motion picture enter- 
tainment has come to stay. I 
am quite convince that the first 
appearance of a major orches- 
tra in a motion picture may be 
regarded as a success. 

— Leopold Stokowski. 

Stories for Screen Must 
Be Adaptable to Motion 
'T'O say that the essence of the 
movie is movement seems ob- 
vious enough; but it has to be 
said over and over again be- 
cause nine-tenths of those con- 
cerned in making the movies do 
not know it, except perhaps in- 
stinctively or, if they do know 
it, do not understand how this 
one principle dominates the pic- 
tures, touching upon every min- 
ute detail. 


Ben Jaffe, house manager of the 
Casino Theater, is on the sick list. 

Henry Berger, former assistant 
manager of Warner's South Hills 
Theater, was transferred to the 
firm's Hollywood Theater in Dor- 
mont to succeed Larry Hunttinger, 

Holdovers this week include 
"Stowaway" at the Fulton and 
"Banjo on My Knee" which was 
moved from the Harris-Alvin to the 
Palace for an extended downtown 

The Park Theater in Erie re- 
opened with a combination policy. 

Mrs. Edward Bassett, 56, the for- 
mer Grace Elaine, actress and sis- 
ter of Billie Burke, died at her home 
here last week. Her husband sur- 
vives her. 

Aleen Wetstein, Press columnist, 
returned from a six-week stay in 

Ed Segal, former manager of the 
Ritz and Etna theaters here, is dick- 
ering for a post with the Consoli- 
dated Amusement Enterprises, Inc., 
of New York. 

Jim Curry of Loew's Theater in 
Dayton, 0., returned to his job after 
spending the holidays here. 

Fire caused an estimated damage 
of $350 at the Arcadia Theater in 

Dave Rubinoff is in town to help 
celebrate the golden wedding anni- 
versary of his parents here this' 

C. C. Kellenberg of the 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox Exchange returned from 
his West Coast vacation. 

The Art Cinema is holding "Clois- 
tered" a third week. 

The C. J. Lattas (he's Warner's 
district manager here) celebrated 
their 20th wedding anniversary. 

Mrs. Jack Hooley, wife of the 
Liberty Theater manager, is in 
Magee Hospita.1 convalescing from 
an attack of pneumonia. 

"Ski Chase" In Sixth 

Boston — Leonard Kraska, acting 
manager of the Fine Arts Theater, 
has announced the - definite hold- 
over of "Ski Chase" for a sixth 
week. Extensive remodeling and 
redecorating of the Fine Arts The- 
ater has been undertaken. 


Leonard Goldenson, attorney for 
New England Theaters, Inc., has 
returned from a business trip to 

Meyer Marcus, secretary to M. 
& P. publicity chief, Harry Brown- 
ing, spent the New Year week-end 
in Pawtucket, R. I. 

Harry Royster, formerly mana- 
ger of the Metropolitan Theater, is 
in town. 

Sybil Bowan, who is making a 
stage appearance at the Keith 
Boston Theater, leaves for Holly- 
wood shortly to make a picture for 

"Ski Chase" will go into its 5th 
week at the Fine Arts Theater, ac- 
cording to Manager George Kraska. 

Matty Simons, 20th Century-Fox 
salesman, has returned from a 
honeymoon trip to Havana with his 
bride, the former Marsha Kanter. 

A new theater is being planned 
for Lexington, to be operated by the 
Snider circuit. 

The M. & P. Theaters are nego- 
tiating for the construction of new 
theater in West Newton. 

A. A. Spitz, R. I. theater owner, 
is suffering from an ear ailment. 

Watt Hall has been reopened at 
Thomaston, Me., by Mrs. Ella An- 


Buddy Ferrer, former press agent 
of the St. Charles and now manager 
of a liquor store, will take the 
matrimonial plunge shortly, the 
lady in question being Marie Ver- 
ret. But he's sticking to show busi- 
ness at that; she is a former Lib- 
erty Theater employee. 

E. A. Home of the RKO printing 
department in New York was here 
with his wife for the Sugar Bowl 

Visiting exhibitors: J. H. Funder- 
berg of Jonesboro and W. W. 
Adams of the Adams circuit. 

Scott Chestnut, GB district man- 
ager, was a film row visitor. 

C. V. Brown is closing his Ma- 
jestic Theater at Newton, Miss. 

Jean Anthony of the Pontcha- 
toula Ideal is ill in the Marine Hos- 
pital here. 

It is because this fundamental 
thing is not known that people 
make mistakes about movies. I 
find, for instance, a hopeful 
statement from Dr. Robert Mac- 
Donald, addressed to 25 dele- 
gates to the American Congress 
of Poets. When the screen 
evolves out of the "necker 
stage", American poets will 
write movie scenarios, according 
to the report in the New York 
Post. "Were the screen poetic," 
Dr. MacDonald goes on, "it 
would teach . . . young people 
the real nobility and sweetness 
and beauty of love." 

A pious aspiration, but it 
misses the essence of the movies. 
Scenarios written by poets, pro- 
fessional technical poetics, 
using the language of poetry, 
would not make poetic movies, 
would not even make tolerably 
good movies. By the movement 
on the screen the movies create 
images, and properly used these 
images are the counterpart of 
poetry, so that when poetry 
comes to the screen it will have 
to be created in terms of mo- 
tion, not of words. Dr. Mac- 
Donald is only doing for his 
special interest what others 
have done before, that is, try- 
ing to make the movies into 
something else. 

The attempt to make the 
movies into illustrated versions 
of books and particularly into 
photographs of plays nearly 
wrecked the flowering art of 
the movies in the silent days; 
others have tried to assimilate 
the movies to the dance; and 
others to music. That they are 
essentially a separate form, and 
must be allowed to develop in- 
dependently, borrowing what 
they can use, rejecting every- 
thing else, is the one thing 
critics seem unwilling to allow 
to the art, or business, which 
they generally despise. 

I think back to those sudden, 
galvanic pouncings on a single 
episode, which then constituted 
adaptation to the films, and I 
compare them with the digni- 
fied, serious efforts now being 
made to abstract the essence of 
a picture, to retain its tone and 
character. There are still some 
dreadful examples, but on the 
whole the movies do well by 
those originals from which, at 
the moment, they draw their 
most successful and most sat- 
isfying pictures. So well, in 
fact, that as a lover of the 
movies, I am perturbed. For I 
still believe that the movies will 
never do all they can do; never 
arrive at their highest level, un- 
til they begin to create their 
own material as well as they 
have created their own methods. 
— Gilbert Seldes, 
Atlantic Monthly. 



Thursday, Jan. 7, 1937 

27 German Films Offered 

for Free U. S. Showings 

Twenty-seven 16 mm. films on 
Germany are available for free 
showings at the offices of the Ger- 
man Railways, 665 Fifth Avenue, 
The Film Daily was informed by 
the German Railways film depart- 
ment yesterday. Demand for the 
films is brisk with most of the pic- 
tures booked until February. Films 
on Dresden, Berlin and the prepara- 
tions for the Olympic Games are 
included among those being distrib- 
uted by the German Railways, and 
schools and other institutions are 
taking them, it was said. 

The office claimed to have no in- 
formation about a report from San 
Francisco that distribution of the 
free films by the German Railways 
in that city had been blocked by 
quick action on the part of educa- 
tors, civic leaders and film people. 
Claude A. Shull, former dean of the 
Golden Gate Junior College and now 
part-time teacher at the S. F. State 
Teachers College and the S. F. Jun- 
ior College was the main instigator 
of the plan to introduce German 
manufactured films to clubs, schools 
and any group interested in free 
motion pictures. Elaborately com- 
piled pamphlets had been distributed 
to many groups outlining the pic- 
tures available and describing where 
and how the films might be obtained. 

Saratoga Springs Council 
Blocks Reade House Plans 

Saratoga Springs, N. Y. — There 
was a lot of excitement at the City 
Council meeting here recently when 
Walter Reade, New Jersey circuit 
operator, told the councilmen that 
he is going to build a theater at 
Saratoga Springs despite Major Ad- 
dison Mallery. A moment or two 
later the body rejected Reade's peti- 
tion for rezoning of the lot south of 
the Masonic Temple to permit erec- 
tion of a picture house. 

William E. Benton, local circuit 
operator, announced that the joint 
managements of the Congress, which 
he runs, and the Palace have de- 
cided to build a new house here. 
The theater, which will seat 1,220, 
will be ready next August. 

Bernhard Holds Theater 

Meeting in New Haven 

Joseph Bernhard, general mana- 
ger of Warner Bros. Theaters, was 
in New Haven yesterday where he 
held a meeting with local theater 
men. He was accompanied by 
Harry Goldberg, director of thea- 
ter advertising and publicity for the 
company. The day before he held 
a similar meet in Newark, which 
was attended by the company's 
New Jersey theater men. 

New Theater for Montreal 

Montreal ■ — Preliminary plans 
have been prepared for new $100,- 
000 theater on Van Home Ave., 
Outremont, Greater Montreal, for 
United Amusement Corp., Ltd. 

The Foreign Field 

♦ ♦ News Flashes from All Parts of the Globe ♦ ♦ 

Open Argentine Studios 

Buenos Aires — A complete pro- 
duction service has now been opened 
here housed in the most modern and 
largest studio in South America. 
Jack Lustberg, who .has just fin- 
ished "Asi es el Tango" for Portena 
Film, has installed sound and pho- 
tographic departments under the di- 
rection of American experts, and 
the studios do everything with the 
exception of the artistic end of the 
film, which is handled by the pro- 
ducers themselves. RCA equipped 
the studios. 

The studios work in conjunction 
with local laboratories equipped with 
latest type developing and printing 
machines. They now have several 
negotiations pending with compa- 
nies coming over from Spain, as all 
Spanish production has been sus- 
pended. With this influx there will 
be more than fifty feature length 
films made in the Argentine in 1937. 

Metropolitan Studios expects to 
conclude arrangements with Amer- 
ican major companies for a limited 
amount of local films to be added 
to their programs. Universal and 
Paramount have already handled 
distributon of local films, Para- 
mount's Carlos Gardel films having 
given the best returns in the his- 
tory of the business in South Amer- 
ica. United Artists is entering the 
field in 1937. 

M-G-M After Paris Theater 

Paris — M-G-M's lease on the 
Olympia, which was for one year, 
has expired and the house has gone 
back to the original lessees, G. F. 
F. A., now in the process of reor- 
ganization. M-G-M, it is stated, is 
negotiating to acquire the new Pa- 
ris Theater located on the Champs 

Toeplitz's London Firm 

London — Ludovico Toeplitz has 
formed Imperial Films S.A. in asso- 
ciation with Ludovico Spada Poten- 
ziani, formerly governor of Rome, 
who will be president of the com- 
pany. All pictures will be made in 
English and Italian versions. 

Raw Film Prices Up 30% 

Paris — Owing to the recent de- 
valuation of the franc, prices on raw 
film have been increased 30 per 
cent. For the first 11 months of the 
year, 13,000,000 meters of positive 
film was imported. Kodak-Pathe, 
which has a factory on the outskirts 
of Paris, has produced during the 
11 months 27,000,000 meters of raw 

Von Stroheim in French Film 

Paris — Erich von Stroheim will 
play the role of a German baron in 
the production of "Marthe Rich- 
ard", a spy story of the World War. 

Southern Film Exchanges 
May Open Branch in N. 0. 

New Orleans — Possibility that 
Southern Film Exchanges, Inc., lat- 
est of the independent exchanges to 
be formed in the south, would open 
a branch here had Film Row talking 
this week as rumors of new leases 
were current. Reports that the 
Southern Poster Exchange would 
leave its quarters here were denied 
by Tulane University's Board, which 
owns the property. Southern Film 
Exchanges has been founded by 
John S. Mangham, former branch 
manager for Republic Pictures in 

Would Film National Events 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — R. B. Conner, na- 
tional archivist, asked authority yes- 
terday to make historical motion 
pictures of national events. Ordin- 
ary movies of such affairs as a 
presidential inauguration, he said, 
are not adequate for historical pres- 

St. Louis Houses Reopen 

St. Louis, Mo.— The Yale Theater 
has reopened while the Roxy Thea- 
ter will reopen today. 

Federal Film Laboratory 

May Come Up in March 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Although the Brook- 
ings Institute has completed its re- 
port for the Byrd Committee, inves- 
tigating government expenditures, 
the Virginia senator yesterday told 
The Film Daily it would be at least 
two or three months before the 
question of Federal Motion Picture 
Laboratory could be considered. 

The Brookings report, with its 
extensive data concerning motion 
pictures now being produced by new 
deal government agencies, is at 
present in the hands of the Presi- 
dent's Committee and will shortly 
be submitted to the chief executive. 

Three Smart Girls" Is H. O. 

"Three Smart Girls" is being held 
over in its first three engagements 
in the midwest territory, according 
to home office reports from E. T. 
Gomerall, Western Sales Manager 
for Universal. Spots are Louisville, 
St. Louis and Minneapolis. 

Friez Joins Schines 

Chicago — Ray Friez, northern 
district booker for Great States 
Theaters of the Balaban and Katz 
organization, has resigned and gone 
east to join the Schine circuit. 

Interstate, H-E Theaters 
Announce Personnel Shifts 

Canton, O. — George A. Delis, dis- 
trict manager of the Interstate The- 
aters, Inc., with houses in the upper 
Ohio valley and here has announced 
a shift of managers at several of 
the houses of that chain. 

Keith Chambers, manager of the Palace 
here for several years has been transferred 
to East Liverpool as manager of the State 

R. H. Shaffer, who has been manager of 
the New Garden theater at Portsmouth comes 
here as manager of the Palace succeeding 

C. A. Metro, who has been manager of 
theaters at Steubenville, O. and Wellsburgh, 
W. Va., has been named manager of the Gar- 
den theater at Portsmouth. He assumed his 
new post this week. 

A. Alex, with the Interstate for some time 
will continue as manager of the American 
theater at East Liverpool. 

Seattle — Resignation of Ted Barber from 
the Hamrick-Evergreen Theaters to enter 
business has set in motion a series of promo- 
tions at Seattle and Portland, from which 
latter city Hal Daigler comes to assume the 
Barber post, while Herbert Sobottka, man- 
ager in Portland shifts to the Daigler post, 
and George Appleby of the Coliseum in Seat- 
tle, has assumed management of the theater 
in Portland over which Sobottka, former Seat- 
tle man, presided. 

Columbia Opening Sales 

Meeting Here Saturday 

Columbia Pictures will hold the 
fourth and last of its series of sales 
meetings, presided over by A. Mon- 
tague, General Sales Manager at the 
St. Moritz Hotel, here, Saturday and 
Sunday. One of the subjects for 
discussion will be the Montague 

Jack Cohn, vice-president of the 
company and Abe Schneider, treas- 
urer will be present. The Home Of- 
fice executives, who will take part 
in the sessions include Joe McCon- 
ville, Rube Jackter, Lou Weinberg, 
Louis Astor, Max Weisfeldt, Hank 
Kaufman, Leo Jaffe, Maurice Grad, 
Milt Hannock, Leonard Picker, Bill 
Brennan, Al Seligman and Fred Mc- 

Branch Managers and representa- 
tives from the following exchanges 
will be present: New York, Albany, 
Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia and 
New Haven. 

Springfield Exhibs. Find 
36 Business Set New Top 

Springfield, Mass. — Despite the . 
March floods that closed downtown 1 
theaters here for from two to three 
weeks, managers report 1936 busi- 
ness as the best in history. Even 
the neighborhood theaters report 
greater receipts. Flood damage, in 
addition to loss of business was es- 
timated at $50,000 to the Capitol 
alone. Admission prices have held 
firmly and all theaters have been 
open all year. 

Injunction Blocks W. Va. 

Attempt to Tax Rentals 

Pittsburgh — The local United 
Artists Exchange obtained a tem- 
porary federal injunction restrain- 
ing the state of West Virginia from 
attempting to collect $4,000 tax on 
film rentals placed in that state. 

i Intimate in Character 
International in SocTpe 
Independent in tfamgh^d^ 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

'OL. 71. NO. 6 



Allied Sees Theater Employes Beyond Federal Control 


Cullman Urges Shorts as New Ideas' Proving Ground 

Roxy Trustee Would Use 

Two-Reelers for 


Declaring that "the financial risk 
nvolved in full length feature pro- 
ductions is so great that it is 
scarcely reasonable to expect daring 
experimentation without some defi- 
nite assurance of audience accept- 
ance," Howard S. Cullman, trustee 
of the Roxy theater, last night told 
an audience at New York University 
that "logical proving grounds for 
new ideas should be the short sub- 
ject which involves only a modest 

"As yet extremely little has been 

(Continued on Page 4) 

How They Started 


i Art 7 

;> %i \# 

Total of 596 features were re- 
leased in Canada during 1936, a final 
checkup indicates. Origin of the pic- 
tures was as follows: United States, 
524; England and Canada, 35; 
France, 111, independent importa- 
tions, 25. 

Releases of companies affiliated 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Dickstein Alien Actor 

Bill Gets Right of Way 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Dickstein bill, 
limiting entry to the United States 
of alien actors, musicians, opera 

(Continued on Page 4) 

"Waltz's" Distribution Tops 

Day and date showings of "Cham- 
pagne Waltz," Paramount Silver Jubilee 
release, on Jan. 22 in nearly 100 lead- 
ing cities of the world, outside of the 
United States, has been set. In Great 
Britain alone, eight showings have been 
scheduled, with the London opening 
taking place at the Carlton. Para- 
mount home office claims world-wide 
premiere will be record date-and-date 

It was back in 1920 that Joseph Moskowitz, today's inspiration of Col. Hap Hadley's brush, 
gained his first industry foothold as auditor for the 48th Street Studio where Norma and Constance 
Talmadge pictures were being produced for Joseph M. Schenck. Today finds him New York 
representative for 20th Century-Fox and personal representative for Br'r Schenck. In the interim, 
he was vice prexy of U. A. and 20th Century 

Only Constitutional Amendment Can 
Reach Theater Employes, Allied View 

Loew Plans to Build 

More Theaters Abroad 

Loew plans to gradually build 
more theaters abroad in situations 
justifying such moves, according to 
a spokesman yesterday in New 
York. No exact quota has been 
fixed but the number will be deter- 
mined as situations shape up. 

Latest addition to the Loew houses 

(Continued on Page 4) 

"Unless a constitutional amend- 
ment is submitted to and ratified by 
the states, it is difficult to see how 
Federal regulation can reach to em- 
ployment in the theaters," declares 
Allied in a bulletin prepared by Ab- 
ram F. Myers, general counsel and 
chairman of its board, and made 
public yesterday. 

"So far the Administration has 
indicated that it is only concerned 
with the regulation of working 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Notables Attend His Silver 

Jubilee Dinner at 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — The motion picture 
industry, as represented by many 
of its leading executives and per- 
sonalities, paid high tribute to one 
of its founders last night when 
Adolph Zukor was tendered a dinner 
at the Paramount studios as part of 
the celebration of his Silver Jubilee 
in the business. 

The list of attending notables re- 
sembled "who's who" of filmdom, 
and ranged from Matilda Kass, who 
was Zukor's secretary in his pion- 
eering days, to Will H. Hays, pres- 
ident of the M. P. P. D. A. and out- 

(Contimted on Page 8) 


Legality of story purchases made 
through a "dummy," with the iden- 
tity of the principal ' acquiring the 
property not disclosed, is being test- 
ed in the action brought by Hans 
Rehfisch, author, against Paramount 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Admission Tax Exemption 

Boost Urged by Vincent 

Providing the Government raised 
the exemption on the theater ad- 
mission tax to 50 cents, not only 
would the picture industry benefit 
enormously but Federal revenue 
through taxes on profits would be 
substantially increased, declared 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Bans Chicago Lobby Crowds 

Chicago — In an effort to prevent 
spread of influenza and other diseases, 
Health Commissioner Herman Bundeson 
yesterday issued orders against smoking 
and lobby crowds in local theaters. 


Friday, Jan. 8, 1937 

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High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 23 Vi 23l/ 4 23 1/ 2 + % 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 36i/ 4 35 V 4 36 + % 
Columbia Picts. pfd. 43 43 43 — l/ 4 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd.. 17l/ 2 16% 17Vi + % 

East. Kodak 1743/4 174 174%+ % 

do pfd 

Gen. Th. Eq 3 2 1/4 3H/ 2 31% + Vi 

Loew's, Inc 67 Vi 66 67 Vis + 1% 

do pfd 

Faramount 25% 24% 255/ 8 + % 

Paramount 1st pfd.. 180 175 180 + 4Vi 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 233/ 8 22 Vi 233/ 8 + % 

Pathe Film 10 93,4 10 + 3/ 8 

RKO 8Vi 8 83/ 8 + i/ 8 

20th Century-Fox . 35% 35 35Vi + Vi 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 44% 43 Vi 44 V 4 + 3 / 4 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 175/ 8 17% 17% + Vi 

do pfd 67% 67% 675/ 8 + % 


Keith A-0 6s46 97 97 97 + Vi 

Loew 6s41ww 1003/ 4 100% 100% — % 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55. . . 100Vi 100% 100% — % 

RKO 6s41 120 1 17% 120 + 2% 

Warner's 6s39 993/4 99% 993/ s — % 


Columbia Picts. vtc 

Grand Nat'l Films.. 3Vi 33/ 3 33/ 8 — % 

Sonotone Corp 2 1 % 2 

Technicolor 21% 21 % 21 % — % 

Trans-Lux 4% 4% 4% 

2,000 Vote in Louisville 

"Ten Best" Pictures Poll 


Larry Darmour 

James Farley 

Matt Moore 

Alexander Gray 

Joe Weil 

Louisville, Ky. — More than 2,000 
film fans voted in the "Ten Best" 
pictures poll conducted by the Cou- 
rier-Journal simultaneously with the 
national symposium of The Film 
Daily, Boyd Martin, C-J dramatic 
critic announced yesterday. 

The ten ranking' films were: "An- 
thony Adverse", "The Great Zieg- 
feld", "The Green Pastures", "The 
Story of Louis Pasteur", "Mr. Deeds 
Goes to Town", "Mutiny on the 
Bounty", "The Magnificent Obses- 
sion", "San Francisco", "Dods- 
worth" and "The Petrified Forest". 

Miss Betsy Shoup, public school 
teacher, was only one in more than 
2,000 to select same ten as the na- 
tion's critics. Five contestants 
picked nine of the ten named in the 
critics' poll. 

The next five ranking films, as ex- 
pressed by votes of Louisville pic- 
turegoers were: "Ah, Wilderness", 
"The Tale of Two Cities", "My Man 
Godfrey", "Captain Blood" and "The 
Trail of the Lonesome Pine". 

N. E. Amusement Gross Hit 
$59,086,000 Total in '35 

Monogram Will Not Buy 

Any Outside Pictures 

Monogram Pictures will not buy 
any outside product, it was made 
known yesterday by President W. 
Ray Johnston. Production on the 
first of Monogram's next season pic- 
tures starts March 15 at the New 
Hollywood studios. 

Broken Blossoms" First 

Film to Play at Belmont 

"Broken Blossoms," featuring 
Dolly Haas and Emlyn Williams will 
be the opening attraction at the 
Belmont Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 
13. S. S. Krellberg is operating the 

Actors' Equity to Pass 

on Professional Names 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — A highly encourag- 
ing note for the motion picture and 
other fields of Amusement was 
struck by the Department of Com- 
merce, Bureau of Census, announce- 
ment that, during 1935, there were 
in operation in the six New England 
states, 2,763 places of amusement, 
reporting $59,086,000 operating re- 
ceipts, and an annual payroll of 

To eliminate the confusion often 
caused in the theater by a similarity 
in actors' names, Actors' Equity has 
reserved to itself the right to pass 
on the names, real or assumed, used 
professionally by its members by a 
Council ruling. The regulation ap- 
plies only to new applicants for 

No Deal, Says Friedlander 

Fortune Films is not negotiating 
a deal with Norman Louden, head 
of England's Sound City Studios, it 
was said yesterday by President 
Al Friedlander, denying a published 

Paramount First Preferred 
Up to 180 for a New High 

Paramount first preferred again 
hit a new high on the big board 
yesterday, going to 180, a gain of 
1% over the previous top and a 
AV2 advance for the day. 

Start Shooting Benchley 

Short at Eastern Jan. 12 

Shooting on the first of two 
Robert Benchley shorts to be made 
at the Eastern Service studios will 
begin next Tuesday with Felix Feist, 
Jr. directing. Charles Hartin will 
handle the camera. 

Mayer May See Schenck 

Louis B. Mayer, who arrives in 
New York today from Hollywood 
via Stockbridge, Mass., may go to 
Miami to see President Nicholas 
M. Schenck of Loew's shortly. He 
will decide upon his plan following 
a telephone conversation with 

Isidore Ostrer is now in Miami 
and is considered likely to confer 
with Schenck regarding GB. His 
brother, Maurice, and Arthur A. 
Lee were due in New York last 
night from Miami. 

"Robber Baron" on Jan. 25 

"Robber Baron," released by For- 
tune Film Co., of which Al Fried- 
lander is president, will begin a 
two-a-day run at the Venezia The- 
ater on Monday evening, Jan. 25, 
with a benefit performance spon- 
sored by Cobina Wright for the 
Social Service Auxiliary of the N. 
Y. Cancer Institute. Tickets for 
the opening performance will be 
priced from $3 to $50. 

Burke Rites Today 

Boston — Funeral services for Wil- 
liam T. Burke, father of James 
Burke, business agent of the Mo- 
tion Picture Operator's Union, Lo- 
cal 182, will be held today at St. 
Paul's Church, Dorchester. 

Rivoli Gets "Not Gods" 

Following the run of Samuel 
Goldwyn's "Beloved Enemy", Alex- 
ander Korda's "Men Are Not Gods", 
will have its premiere at the Rivoli 
Theater on Jan. 16. 

No Mass., Movie Legislation 

Boston — The Massachusetts Legis- 
lature's session apparently will be 
of short duration. There are no 
important bills affecting the motion 
picture business. 

Coming and Going 

ROY DEL RUTH, film director, has arrived 
from Hollywood. 

LIONEL ATWILL, screen actor en route to 
Hollywood after completing work in a British 
film, accompanied by MRS. ATWILL; MONTE 
BANKS, director, under contract to 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox- P. F. FITZGERALD, Ringling Broth- 
ers' representative; and BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY 
CHORUS, which will make initial concert tour 
of U. S., arrive from Europe today on the S. 
S. Washington. 

HARRY HAM, Joyce and Selznick representa- 
tive in London, has sailed from New York for 

ELEANOR HUNT, who recently completed a 
leading role in "Yellow Cargo," has arrived 
in New York from Hollywood for a short visit f.' 
and a shopping tour. 

HARRY GOLD, UA eastern sales manager, jhj 
has arrived in Buffalo where he will make 
his headquarters for the next two weeks on 
tour of company's exchanges in that territory. .-J 

CHARLES STEARN, New England district >|j 

manager for UA, returns to his desk at home 

office tomorrow following a brief visit to jj 
Boston branch. 

BEATRICE KAUFMAN, newly appointed East- I 
cm story editor for Samuel Goldwyn, has re- I 
turned to New York following two weeks of I 
conferences with the producer and his staff I 
at the Hollywood studios. 

KEN HODKINSON, assistant to George W. I| 
Weeks, GB General Sales Manager, now en route 
to San Francisco, will visit exchanges at St. ! 
Louis, Kansas City, Denver and Salt Lake City. 

ARTHUR GREENBLATT, Eastern division man- 
ager for GB, returned yesterday to New York 
after a week's sojourn in Miami. On his re- 
turn north, Greenblatt stopped in Wash- 
ington to confer with Joe Kaliski, GB Branch 

BEN Y. CAMMACK, recently appointed gen- 
eral manager for Latin Countries by RKO Ra- 
dio Fictures, left yesterday for Miami and 
Havana en route to Chile. 

TONY MARTIN, who has been vacationing 
in New York for the past week, entrained 
yesterday for Hollywood and the 20th Century- 
Fox studios. 

JANE WITHERS, arrives in town today from 
Boston, where she played a one-week p. a. 
engagement. She will remain until Wednesday, 
then leave for Cleveland and on to Hollywood. 

have been directing films for Producer Robert 
Kane at the Denham (England) studios of New 
World Productions, will reach New York aboard 
the George Washington today. 

JACK GOLDSTEIN of Boston is spending 
several days in New York. 

have been enjoying a vacation in Manhattan 
leave New York today for Hollywood. 

MARLENE DIETRICH, now on vacation in 
St. Moritz, will arrive in New York on Feb. 6 
and will go directly to Hollywood. 

LOUIS B. MAYER arrives in New York to- 
day from the Coast via Stockbridge, Mass. 

FRANK STRICKLAND arrived in New York 
yesterday from the Coast. 

GN Signs Helen Jepson 

Edward L. Alperson, president of 
Grand National Films, Inc., yesterday 
announced the signing of Helen Jep- 
son, Metropolitan Opera Star, to a mo- 
tion picture contract. Miss Jepson, 
who is now on a concert tour, will 
star in one of Victor Schertzinger's 
musicals for Grand National which will 
begin production in May. Schertzinger 
is now working on a story for the 




OF THE TEN BEST pictures of the year, according to Film Daily's poll of 
were Warner-made, with Max Reinhardt's production of 'A Midsummer 
Dream' winning universal praise for magnificent conception, execution.* 

WORLD-WIDE APPLAUSE for 'The Story of Louis Pasteur' found 
top-flight critics spotting 'cinematic masterpiece' as 'certain to be on 
all best ten lists'. Warners' producing unit, star Paul Muni, director 
William Dieterle (inset) won plaudits for starting new film cycle. t 

THESE 'ANTHONY ADVERSE'- ITES, with 2500 other players, con- 
verted Hervey Allen's novel into 'an unforgettable screen classic', 
the fourth of Warners' winners. Reading below, from I. to r.: Anita 
Louise, Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, director Mervyn LeRoy.* 

CAREFUL PLANNING, perfected technical equipment played dominant part in 
turning out of prize-winning Warner product such as 'The Green Pastures', on 
which co-directors Marc Connelly, Wm. Keighley spent long months of preparation.* 

*A Warner Bros. Picture |A Cosmopolitan Production 

Vitagraph, Inc., Distributors 




Friday, Jan. 8, 1937 


(Continued from Page 1) 

and Ben Hecht and Charles MacAr- 
thur in connection with the picture, 
"The Scoundrel." The case, in which 
plagiarism is also charged, is sched- 
uled for trial Jan. 15 in the New 
York State Supreme Court but like- 
ly will be postponed. 

The plaintiff claims that when he 
sold a play entitled, "Who Weeps 
for Juchenack" to Brandt & Brandt, 
literary agents, he did not know that 
Paramount was financially inter- 
ested in the deal. Allegation is made 
that "The Scoundrel" was based on 
this play. The defense contends 
that the picture was based on an 
original story by Hecht and Mac- 

Admission Tax Exemption 

Boost Urged by Vincent 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Walter Vincent of the Wilmer & 
Vincent circuit yesterday in New 
York. The levy now applies to ad- 
missions of 41 cents and up. 

Vincent stated that business in his 
theaters is much improved over last 

Loew Plans to Build 

More Theaters Abroad 

(Continued from Page 1) 

in Europe will be a theater, seating 
between 1,200 and 1,500, in Amster- 
dam. House goes into construction 
immediately and will be ready next 

Name Barrows 18th Time 

Boston — The Motion Picture Op- 
erator's Union has re-elected Thad 
C. Barrows, head projectionist at 
the Metropolitan Theater, for the 
18th year. 

James F. Burke continues as busi- 
ness representative. Bernard J. 
McGaffigan was named vice-presi- 
dent; Albert R. Moulton, financial 
secretary; and Joseph Rosen, treas- 
urer. The executive board is made 
up of James Gibbons, Joseph Nu- 
zello and Louis Pirovano. 






Rough house scenes in motion pic- 
tures are expensive. It cost nearly 
$1,000 to let Joel McCrea run amok in 
"Banjo on My Knee."— 20th CENTURY- 




• • • LAST NITE Earl Wingart, 20th Century-Fox pub- 
licity chief, entrained for Boston to bring Jane Withers, 
child star, back with him today Jane having just finished 

a personal appearance engagement at the Metropolitan 

popularity of the .youngster, incidentally, should increase with 

her latest pic, "The Holy Terror" in which she cuts loose 

against a background of a naval base an unusual feature 
of this production is the first use in a film of the mass parachut- 
ing technique invented by the Russians and it is used with 

great comic as well as pictorial effect 

▼ T T 

• • • BY ARRANGEMENT with Western Union a 

special type of congratulatory telegraph blank has been pro- 
duced bearing a new heading advertising the Paramount 

International Silver Jubilee for Adolph Zukor these tele- 
graph blanks are available between the exchange cities through- 
out the country especially for all wires to the studio con- 
gratulating Zukor on the Jubilee 

• • • TWO FINE film articles in one mag the cur- 
rent issue of Stage the first is a tribute to Billy Bitzer 

contained in an article by Lillian Gish telling about the early 
pioneering days with D. W. Griffith concerning the cam- 
eraman who did the lens work on "The Birth of A Nation" she 

says "Among us actors he was famous for his accurate 

eye, and he left his mark on everything his lens faced by bring- 
ing to accurate vision on the screen many things the eye itself 

could not discern." the second article is by Director W. S. 

Van Dyke, in which he shows the problems faced in making an 
adequate sequel to "The Thin Man" three years after the 

original and here is one interesting point that Van Dyke 

developed concerning the Thin Man productions they awak- 
ened the public to the truth that romance actually can exist hap- 
pily among more mature married couples 

• • • IN FLORIDA for a vacation is William Sussman, 
eastern division manager of 20th Century-Fox while Wil- 
liam Gehring, central division manager, has gone to Minneapolis 
... • Betty Bruce, the current overnight dancing sensation 
in the French Casino Follies was placed by Central Artists 

Bureau who are managing Edith Roark, the Broadway 

Beaut, who has been screen tested by M-G-M 

• • • THE TWENTIETH anniversary of Robert Z. Leon- 
ard as a director will be celebrated next month by his direction 

of Rudolph Friml's "The Firefly," the famous comedy opera 

Leonard will also be celebrating his twenty-seventh anniversary 

in motion pictures, since he started in 1910 as an actor 

before that he was a leading man in musical comedies, a back- 
ground which makes him ideal for musical film assignments .... 

• • • THROUGH THE Hearst chain of radio stations in 
New York state Warners' "Black Legion" will be dramatized 

over the air in serial form running for six days, starting 

on Jan. 13 Harry Lee has done the dramatization . . . 

• Helen Hayes, currently starring in the stage play "Victoria 
Regina," has been chosen by the National Speech-Arts Fellow- 
ship to receive that institution's annual gold medal award 

for the finest diction and most effective speech for the year 


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done to utilize the possibilities of 
the two reeler for experimental pur- 
poses," declared Cullman. He pointed 
to shorts as a means for the in- 
dustry "like other mass production 
industries, to put out feelers or 
trial balloons to test public re- 

Cullman discussed censorship 
problems of the motion picture in- 
dustry and the workings of the 
Hays production code. He stressed 
the fact the motion pictures' princi- 
pal purpose is to entertain and not 
serve as a propaganda medium. 

"The motion picture, in which 
more than a million dollars are in- 
vested, cannot afford to be stigma- 
tized with the onus of a serious pur- 
pose," asserted the speaker, who 
also said that by a conservative 
estimate, 300,000,000 hours are 
spent each week by American citi- 
zens in film theaters. 

Dickstein Alien Actor 

Bill Gets Right of Way 

(Continued from Page 1) 

singers, orchestra conductors and 
solo dancers and instrumentalists, 
was placed yesterday in forefront 
of the calendar of the house com- 
mittee on immigration and naturali- 

As introduced, the bill is identical 
with the measure passed by the 
house last session and referred to 
Senate Committee where it died 
with adjournment. Due to exten- 
sive hearings given the bill by the 
House Committee last session, the 
measure is expected to be favorably 
reported shortly. 

"Lloyds" Big In Toronto 

Toronto — The first popular-price 
engagement of "Lloyds of London" 
anywhere has smashed all opening- 
day and six-day records in the his- 
tory of Toronto's Uptown Theater, 
and appears certain to establish a 
new mark for a week's business. On 
the basis of earnings for the first 
six days, the picture will gross more 
than twice as much as "Under Two 
Flags", 20th Century-Fox's previous 
high mark at the same theater. 

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Stand in orchestra and balcony fre- 
quently to check on sound for volume 
and clarity, and for any outside noises 
that may interfere with patrons' hear- 
ing the dialogue. 

Friday, Jan. 8, 1937 

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t) OBERT TAYLOR will again play 
opposite Eleanor Powell in 
•Broadway Melody of 1937," which 
Roy Del Ruth, who made last year's 
•Broadway Melody," will direct, and 
Jack Cumming-s will produce. The 
collaborators of the 1936 "Broadway 
Melody," Jack McGowan and Sid 
Silvers, will also supply the new 

Further news from the M-G-M 
camp is that Miss Powell has begun 
rehearsing some novel dance rou- 
tines for the new production, and 
that Sophie Tucker, Buddy Ebsen, 
Judy Garland, Charles Gorin, Robert 
Wildhack, George Tapps and Larry 
Adler will figure in the supporting- 
cast. The music is being contributed 
by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur 
Freed, whose cinema successes go 
back to the original "Broadway 
Melody" and "The Hollywood 

T ▼ T 

Pat O'Brien has left Hollywood to 
be guest of honor at the annual 
Notre Dame University banquet. 
The actor, who was a football star 
for Marquette in his academic days, 
was one of the official hosts to the 
victorious University of Pittsburgh 
team when it visited the Warner 
Bros, studios after the Rose Bowl 
game on New Year's Day. 

T T T 

First National will put into pro- 
duction within a fortnight a picture 
entitled "Talent Scout," from an 
original story by George Bilson deal- 
ing with the adventures of a smooth, 
fast-talking agent of a motion pic- 
ture studio. Craig Reynolds will 
play the title part, and others as- 
signed to the cast are Rosalind 
Marquis and Jeanne Madden. Louis 
King will direct the film. 

It seems now that "The Prince and 
the Pauper" will not be finished until 
January 30th. First National's 
screen version of the immortal story 
' of sixteenth century boyhood by 
Mark Twain is shaping up as one of 
the studio's most lavish productions. 
William Keighley is directing from 
a script by Laii'd Doyle. 

▼ T T 

Two Universal producers are today 
watching with great hopefulness the 
approaching solution of the harbor 
strike which has tied up all shipping 
on the West Coast. They are Trem 
Carr and Robert Presnell. Trem 
Carr is anxious to start on the Ben 
Ames Williams story, "Adventure's 
End" starring John Wayne. The 
script is ready and all that is re- 
quired is a whaling vessel and a 
crew to run it. 

Presnell is greatly concerned be- 
cause his story is already a week in 
production, and almost half of the 
scenes will have to be taken on a 
boat. The story is "Person to Person 
Call" by Sarah Elizabeth Rodger, 
which will be published in the Feb- 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 23 • • © 

SAMUEL GOLDWYN. President of Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., "Maker of stars" 
and propagandist for "fewer and better pictures." Came to the U. S. via 
steerage from his native Poland at 11; at 17, was in charge of a glove factory 
at Gloversville, N. Y. Sensed the infant film 
industry's possibilities, went to New York, 
formed a partnership with Jesse L. Lasky, and in 
1913 produced "The Squaw Man," first full- 
length film made in the U. S. In '17, was in- 
strumental in effecting the Famous Players-Lasky 
merger, becoming board chairman. Organized 
Goldwyn Pictures Corp. in '18, subsequently 
sold his interests to Metro and re-entered in- 
dependent production. Year later, was elected 
owner-member of United Artists. Active, ag- 
gresive, determined. Swift walker, enjoys three- 
mile hikes. Inspiration of many a chuckle- 
packed story. Married to the former Frances 
Howard. One son, Samuel, Jr., now 10. 

ruary issue of Good Housekeeping. 
The studio is looking for a new re- 
leasing title for the film. The screen 
play is by Tristram Tupper. Sidney 
Salkow is directing it, with Gloria 
Stuart, Walter Pidgeon, Billy Bur- 
rud, Hobart Cavanaugh, Sidney 
Blackmer, Michael Fitzmaurice, 
Robert Greig and George Shelley in 
the cast. 

r ▼ T 

Rouben Mamoulian today started 
production of "High, Wide and 
Handsome" Irene Dunne's first 
Paramount starring picture, with 
the issuance of a call for the largest 
number of extras used in a film in 
recent months. 

Mamoulian informed the casting 
office that he will need "several thou- 
sand" extras, including 500 chikh - en 
and a complete circus troupe. He 
said that he will use 1,000 of the 
extras for a period of two weeks 
while photographing circus and 
crowd scenes. 

T ▼ T 

"Outcast" will be the release title 
of the film being produced for Para- 
mount by Emanuel Cohen under the 
title, "Happiness Preferred," it was 
announced today. The picture, based 
on a story by Frank R. Adams, is 
being directed by Robert Florey with 
Warren Williams, Karen Morley, 
Lewis Stone and Jackie Moran in 
the leading roles. 

▼ T T 

The Loretta Young-Tyrone Power 
co-stellar romantic team must have 
clicked in "Love Is News," which 
20th Century-Fox studios recently 
completed. The same studio has an- 
nounced that Loretta will again play 
opposite the personable Tyrone in 
"Cafe Metropole." The new picture 
is based upon an original story by 
Gregory Ratoff, who also plays a 
featured role, under the direction of 
Edward H. Griffith. 

T T - T 

With Jean Harlow and Robert 
Taylor paired for the first time, pro- 

duction has begun at the Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer studios on "The 
Man In Possession," adaptation of 
H. M. Harwood's stage play which 
W. S. Van Dyke is directing and 
John W. Considine Jr. porducing. In 
the supporting cast are Una O'Con- 
nor, Reginald Owen, E. E. Clive, 
Henrietta Crossman, Maria Shelton 
and Melville Cooper. Screen treat- 
ment is joint work of Ernst Vajda 
and Hugh Mills. 

T T T 

With the casting of Patsy O'Con- 
nor, six year old youngster, B. F. 
Zeidman will begin shooting imme- 
diately on his next Grand National 
picture, "Two Shall Meet," Patsy re- 
cently finished playing an important 
role in Grace Moore's "When You're 
In Love." 

Further cast additions were made 
this week to Columbia's production 
entitled "Freedom for Sale," fea- 
turing Paul Kelly and Rosalind 
Keith which is now in work under 
the direction of C. C. Coleman. 
Leona Maricle, who has just com- 
pleted important part in "Women of 
Glamour," Arthur Loft and Edward 
Earle, both of whom have been seen 
in recent Columbia pictures, have 
been added to the roster. 

T T T 

A little girl with a big voice, in 
the person of Ruth Robin, will make 
her screen debut in cafe scenes for 
"When's Your Birthday?" the com- 
edy in which Joe E. Brown is star- 
red as a decidedly over-confident 
astrologist. She is singing to the 
music of Manny Harmon's orches- 
tra. Miss Robin, who has most re- 
cently sung at the St. Moritz Hotel 
in New York, is now singing nightly 
at a leading Los Angeles hotel with 
Larry Lee and his orchestra. 

T T T 

Joe Penner and Parkyakarkas 
will be starred by RKO Radio in 
"New Faces of 1937," together with 
Milton Berle, recently signed to a 
long term RKO contract, and Har- 

riet Hilliard, who made her screen 
debut in "Follow the Fleet." 
v v ▼ 

John Beal, who played the death 
house inmate in RKO Radio's "We 
Who Are About to Die," has been 
chosen for the leading male role 
in "Wings of Mercy," about to go 
into production at the RKO Radio 
studios with Cliff Reid producing 
and Lew Landers directing. 

▼ T T 

William Brisbane and Dudley 
Clements, two actors who have been 
appearing recently on Broadway, 
have arrived in Hollywood to begin 
their screen careers at RKO Radio. 

T T T 

With engaging of Herbert Ash- 
ley, Lee Prather and Harry Wood, 
Columbia this week filled three im- 
portant roles for "I Promise to 
Pay," Lionel Houser's story which 
is expose of the usurious loan-shark 
racket. Chester Morris, Helen Mack 
and Leo Carrillo have the top bill- 
ing. Feature parts are being played 
by Patsy O'Connor, Thomas Mitch- 
ell, Thurston Hall, Wallis Clark, 
Charles Arnt, Robert Etnmet Keane, 
Bruce Mitchell, John Gallaudet, 
Gladden James, Lee Shumway and 
Ed Le Saint. 

V T ▼ 

Moss Hart has been signed to 
new writing contract at M-G-M 
studios, and will prepare special 
musical comedy vehicle as first as- 
signment. His latest Broadway 
stage effort is current hit, "You 
Can't Take It With You," written 
in collaboration with George S. 

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who recently co-starred in Grand 
National's "Sins of Children," have 
leading roles in "Two Shall Meet," 
which was written by Karl Brown 
and Hinton Smith. Others assigned 
to outstanding roles include Dor- 
othy Peterson, Roger Imhof, Pedro 
de Cordoba, Bernadene Hayes, Bus- 
ter Phelps and Sherwood Bailey. 

T T T 

Darryl Zanuck has assigned Sally 
Blane to the feminine lead in "Dead 
Yesterday." She replaces Gloria 
Stuart, for whom another assign- 
ment is planned. Joan Davis, Jane 
Darwell, Thomas Beck and Sigfried 
Rumann are in the featured cast. 
James Tinling will direct for 20th 

T T T 

Edward Gross, associate producer 
of Principal Pictures, has signed 
Paul Gerard Smith to write the 
screen adaptation for "Boy Blue," 
Bobby Breen's next starring pic- 

T T T 

Helen Jerome Eddy has been added 
to the cast of "Michael Strogoff," 
now in production at RKO Radio 
with Anton Walbrook, Viennese 
stage and screen star, in the title 
role. The picture, a Pandro S. Ber- 
man production, is being directed by 
George Nicholls, Jr. 

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with the M. P. D. and E. of Canada 
were as follows: Regal (handling M- 
G-M), 57, including 14 British pro- 
ductions; Paramount, 69; 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, 58; Universal, 33; United 
Artists, 22; Empire, 59, including 
19 British films; Columbia, 55, in- 
cluding two Canadian pictures; War- 
ner Bros., 57; RKO, 50. These com- 
panies distributed a total of 460 fea- 
tures, as compared with 449 in 1935. 

U. S. May Negotiate New 
Trade Part With Ecuador 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — With exports of mo- 
tion picture and sound equipment, 
together with projection materials, 
amounting to $13,901 for the year 
1935, the Acting Secretary of State 
yesterday announced that this gov- 
ernment contemplates the negotia- 
tion of a trade agreement with 

Meanwhile, observers were quick 
to sense a new system of negotiat- 
ing trade agreements in the future 
which will give representatives of 
motion picture and other industries 
opportunity to come to Washington 
and confer with government experts 
in their own field on the best way to 
approach proposed negotiations, be- 
fore formal hearings are held. 

Representatives of industry are 
given opportunity to confer pri- 
vately with the Committee of Re- 
ciprocity Information, thereby al- 
lowing considerably more freedom 
of speech which it was found a pub- 
lic hearing did not permit. 

Motion Picture Industry Pays High 
Tribute to Zukor at Silver Jubilee 

(Continued from Page 1) 

De Mille's "Plainsmen" 

Showing B. 0. Strength 

First 15 engagements of "The 
Plainsman", Cecil B. DeMille pro- 
duction indicate the picture running 
far above house records with sub- 
stantial increase in attendance 
shown on the part of female trade, 
Paramount home office said yester- 

In Texas at the Majestic Theaters 
in Houston and San Antonio, "The 
Plainsman" is topping records es- 
tablished by "The Big Broadcast" 
and "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" 
by substantial margins. 

In 13 other first-run engagements 
the picture has already doubled the 
house average and is heading for 
new records. 

Goldberg Holds Confabs 

Harry Goldberg, director of ad- 
vertising for Warner Bros. Theaters, 
is holding special advertising meet- 
ings this week in Washington, D. 
C. and Lancaster, Pa., on the foi-th- 
coming showings of Warner's "Black 

standing producers, exhibitors and 

Opening the event was a dinner- 
attended by more than 400 persons, 
including various executives who 
have been associated with the guest 
of honor in the past. Will H. Hays 
was toastmaster and presented Zu- 
kor with a massive autograph book, 
pages of which had been circulated 
in almost every country in the 

Speeches made traced the Zukor 
career beginning in the early days 
of motion pictures up to the pres- 
ent time. The chairman of the 
Paramount board was eulogized as 
a man who has contributed greatly 
to the development of the industry 
as well as to the company he serves. 
Program Broadcast 

Following the banquet an enter- 
tainment and dance took place in 
the studio's huge assembly stage 
which had been attractively decor- 
ated and which allowed attendance 
of several hundred additional guests. 
The program was broadcast over a 
national hookup with Jack Benny as 
master-of-ceremonies and Cecil B. 
De Mille, long associated with Zu- 
kor, making the introductory re- 

Headliners included Leopold Sto- 
kowski and his orchestra, Bob 
Burns, Charles Butterworth, Johnny 
Downes, Frank Forest, Dorothy La- 
mour, Carole Lombard, Jack Oakie, 
Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Gladys 
Swarthout and Eleanor Whitney. A 
highlight was a parade before the 
microphone of Paramount stars, 
past, present and future. 

Committee in charge of arrange- 
ments for the party consisted of 
Christopher Dunphy, chairman; 
George L. Bagnall, Eugene Zukor 
and Ted Lesser. The radio program 
was under supervision of Boris Mor- 
ros, studio musical director, who had 
rehearsed an orchestra of 100 pieces 
and a chorus of 50 voices for mus- 
ical backgrounds. 

Notables Among Guests 

Guests at the affair included: Bar- 
ney Balaban, Dr. A. H. Giannini, 
Jesse L. Lasky, Ernst Lubitsch, Har- 
old Lloyd, Frank C. Walker, Harry 
Warner, Jack Warner, Darryl Za- 
nuck, Neil F. Agnew, Harry Cohn, 
Emanuel Cohen, Y. Frank Freeman, 
Stanton Griffis, Austin C. Keough, 
John W. Hicks, David Loew, Wil- 
liam LeBaron, E. V. Richards, B. P. 
Schulberg, King Vidor, Henry Herz- 
brun, Cecil B. De Mille, Edward Ar- 
nold, George Archainbaud, A. H. 
Blank, Geo. L. Bagnall, A. M. Bots- 
ford, Jack Benny, George Barbier, 
Ben Blue, Benny Baker, Charles 
Bickford, W. B. Cokell, Frank Chap- 
man, Gladys Swarthout, Robt. Cobb, 
Gail Patrick, Eddie Cantor, Larry 
Crabbe, Edward Dubinsky, Louis 
Dapron, J. Fitzgibbons, William 
Farnham, Leif Erikson, Frances 
Farmer, Frank Forest, Samuel Gold- 
stein, C. Gilmour, L. E. Gensler, 

Benjamin Glazer, Keith Glennan, 
Harold Hurley, Henry Hathaway, 
Arthur Hornblow, John Hammell, 
Porter Hall, Aaron Jones, Sidney 
Justin, Jacob Karp, Ralph Kohn, 
Roscoe Karns, Joseph Levenson, 
Paul Lukas, Ted Lesser, Jeff Laza- 
rus, Frank Lloyd, Joel McCrea, 
Frances Dee, Fred MacMurray, Ray 
Milland, Harry Nace, M. Haify, 
George Nasser, Lloyd Nolan, Jack 
Oakie, Sam Pinanski, Judge A. E. 
and Mrs. Pinanski, Ben Piazza, Pur- 
nell Pratt, Bogart Rogers, Charles 
Rogers, Mel Shauer, Frank Tuttle, 
Harlan Thompson, Akim Tamiroff, 
Herman Wobber, Bryant Washburn, 
Mildred Zukor, L. M. Rubens, Neil 
F. Agnew, George Arthur, Lew 
Ayres, Barney Blank, Raymond 
Blank, Joe Berg, Travis Banton, 
Bob Burns, Harry David, Albert 
Deane, John Danz, Lou Diamond, C. 
B. DeMille, Johnny Downes, Howard 
Estabrook, Danny E. Field, K. Fitz- 
patrick, William Frawley, Robert M. 
Gillham, Charles Gartner, John 
Cecil Graham, Cary Grant, Karl 
Hoblitzelle, Russell Holman, Alex- 
ander Hall, John Howard, Milton 
Kusell, Charles Krebs, Al Kaufman, 
M. A. Lightman, Myke H. Lewis, 
Mitchell Leisen, Fred Leahy, Nick 
Lukats, Frank Meyer, Mike Marco, 
Victor Moore, Rouben Mamoulian, 
Fred Mercy Sr., Groucho Marx, R. 
McNeil, Anthony Nace, Carroll Pea- 
cock, Charles Reagan, Ted Reed, G. 
A. Rasdall, Grantland Rice, George 
Raft, Charles Ruggles, M. Schles- 
inger, Edwin Silverman, Harry 
Sherman, Mort Singer, Edward 
Sutherland, Leopold Stokowski, Ran- 
dolph Scott, Sir Guy Standing, Har- 
vey Stephens, Colin Tapley, J. J. 
Unger, R. B. Wilby, George Welt- 
ner, Morgan Walsh, Fred Williams, 
Manny Wolfe, Mary Boland, Olympe 
Bradna, Helen Burgess, Mary Car- 
lisle, Ruth Colman, Fanchon Belle 
Goldstein, Marsha Hunt, Matilda 
Kass, Dorothy Lamour, Priscilla 
Lawson, Jane Constance Loew, Pris- 
cilla Moran, June Martel, Elizabeth 
Patterson, Martha Raye, Terry Raye 
and Eleanore Whitney. 

Zukor Tour Cancelled 
Due to the heavy press of the pro- 
duction schedule, Zukor has can- 
celled plans for a tour of all large 
cities in connection with the Silver 
Jubilee celebration. He leaves Hol- 
lywood in 10 days for Washington 
to attend premiere of "Champagne 
Waltz" and later goes to New York 
for a brief visit. 


"Cloistered" Clicking 

"Cloistered," the only film ever 
shown depicting the life inside the 
walls of a cloistered convent, con- 
tinues to click. The picture is in 
its second week in Pittsburgh at 
the Art Cinema Theater where it 
played to SRO the first week. In 
its first week at the Penn Square 
Theater, Cleveland, a 600-seat 
house, it has been doing capacity. 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

hours, and wages and the elimina- 
tion of child labor," states the bul- 
letin, in referring to the legislation 
to be proposed by the National Coun- 
cil for Industrial Progress, headed 
by Major George L. Berry. 

A report concerning the confer- 
ence recently sponsored by the coun- 
cil at Washington, and attended by 
President Nathan Yamins of Allied 
and Myers, will be presented at the 
association's annual board meeting 
at the Emerson Hotel, Baltimore, 
Jan. 21 and 22. 

"The President's coordinator was 
snubbed by other branches of the 
motion picture industry," asserts 
Allied, referring to the council's con- 
ference at Washington. 

Appropos of the Patman bill, 
which would divorce manufacturing 
from retailing, the bulletin points 
out that Congressman Wright Pat- 
man, its author, has eliminated all 
reference to the film industry. 

"This legislation will have to be 
watched carefully and if it appears 
that it has a chance of going through 
in a form that would be beneficial 
to the theater owners, an effort 
should be made to have motion pic- 
tures reinstated," it is stated. 

In connection with the annual 
election of officers slated for the 
board meeting, Yamins, Al Steffes, 
James Ritter and Sidney E. Sam- 
uelson have been appointed a nomi- 
nating committee. In addition to 
directors, each affiliated unit is 
asked to send from two to six rep- 
resentatives to attend the session. 

Need of an "expert public rela- 
tions counsel" for the film industry 
is stressed in the bulletin, which 
points to the Standard Oil Com- 
pany's success through the late Ivy 

Attacking a recent M. P. T. O. A. 
bulletin, Allied describes results of 
that organization's trade practice 
campaign as "shadow boxing be- 
tween Haysite exhibitors and Hay- 
site distributors." 

"Not a single concession was made 
which has the slightest bearing on 
any of the major abuses aimed at 
by the Allied program," declares 
the bulletin. 



Higgins Addresses Women 

Boston — Herbert Higgins, head 
booker for Warner Brothers, will be 
the guest speaker at the South- 
bridge Women's Club tonight. Hig- 
gins' subject will be, "Let's Talk 
about the Movies." 





"Mask" to Play Filmarte 

The N. Y. Filmarte Theater has 
booked the Swiss film, "The Eternal 
Mask," to open next Tuesday. Ar- 
thur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn are 
the distributors of "The Eternal 
Mask," which was a prize-winning 
film at the Biennial Exposition of 
Films in Vienna. 


Friday, Jan. 8, 1937 



Appollo, Pa. — Louis Ponsello re- 
opened the Strand Theater here, for- 
merly operated by N. B. Fiscus. The 
nouse has remained dark since last 
gear's flood. 

Irwin, Pa. — Charles Anderson and 
W. B. Urling, circuit operators, are 
ouilding a 500-seat house here. Gus- 
tave Hirsh of Columbus is erecting 
:he marquee and porcelain enamel 

Reviews of Hew films 

Glassport, Pa. — Peter Gorris, for- 
mer exhibitor in McKeesport, Pa., 
is re-entering the exhibition field 
here. He is remodeling a local 
property which he will convert into 
a theater. 

St. Peter, Minn.— The new N. M. 
Miller Theater will open today. 

Lincoln — A new house has been 
opened in Palmer by the firm of 
Bingham & Walters. The same out- 
fit has the Waltham, in Ericson, 

Dickinson, N. D.— F. E. Wetstein 
of Mandan, N. D., has purchased the 
Rialto Theater from H. 0. Mug- 

Kansas City, Kan. — Changes of 
personnel in the Fox-Midwest cir- 
cuit include: W. L. Barritt succeeds 
Willard Clark as manager of the 
Fox at Wichita, Kan.; Tom Brennan 
is the new manager of the Strand, 
Hutchinson, Kan., succeeding W. L. 
Barritt; Dale Havelone, assistant at 
the Fox Granada here, has been 
made manager of the Madrid; Man- 
ford Finch, assistant manager of 
the Madrid, is now assistant to Jer- 
ry Baker of the Granada. 

Detroit's Variety Club 

Will Install on Jan. 11 


Detroit — Detroit Variety Club is 
anning annual installation of new 
officers on Jan. 11 at the Book-Cadil- 
lac Hotel, with the national presi- 
dent, John Harris of Pittsburgh, in 
attendance. Committees were named 
this week by President Henderson 
M. Richey, with the following chair- 
men for 1937: William Carlson, en- 
tertainment; Charles Perry, house; 
William K. Flemion, entertainment; 
R. E. Moon, membership; Mannie 
'Gottlieb, new members; Gene Rich, 
publicity, and following chairmen 
for the annual Spring Ball: William 
Carlson, general arrangements; 
Charles Perry, entertainment; Wil- 
liam Flemion, program; Carl Buer- 
mele, tickets; Gene Rich, publicity. 

Neb. House Burns With 

Mercury at 15 Below 

Lincoln, Neb. — Fire destroyed 
the $15,000 crystal theater yester- 
day afternoon. House was owned 
by Dr. F. E. Rider. Firemen fought 
the blaze in 15 below zero 


with Eddie Nugent, Kay Hughes, 

Lloyd Hughes 

Republic 58 mins. 




For the double bill this one will fill in 
acceptably as the runner-up. A rather un- 
pretentious offering, the plot is so original 
and with such good twists, that it holds 
the interest throughout. Eddie Nugent as 
the sales manager of a crooked oil well 
promotion crowd, realizes they are phony 
and starts an investigation. Meanwhile one 
of the three partners kills himself on facing 
exposure, and the other two frame the 
suicide as a murder perpetrated by the 
sales manager. His brother, a young minister, 
played by Lloyd Hughes, enters the plot and 
endeavors to clear the other. The compli- 
cations crowd one another, with a gang 
of interesting small-town gamblers coming 
to the aid of the two young men and help- 
ing them save themselves. The hero is 
found guilty, condemned to death, and es- 
capes on the way to prison. Then the gang 
of new-found friends gets busy, matches 
wits with a more desperate gang hired by 
the two oil swindlers, and the excitement 
and fun keep mounting to a very satis- 
factory finish. Fine work by Nugent, 
Hughes and also Kay Hughes, the girl in 
the case. Producer William Berke has done 
an excellent job. 

Cast: Eddie Nugent, Kay Hughes, Lloyd 
Hughes, John Wray, Edwin Maxwell, Theo- 
dore Von Eltz, Thomas E. Jackson, William 
Newell, Smiley Burnette, Christine Maple, 
John Hamilton, Ralph Harolde, Grace 
Durkin, Carleton Young, Mary Bovard, Sam 
Ash, Pat Gleason. 

Producer, William Berke; Director, John 
H. Auer; Authors, Dorrell and Stuart Mc- 
Gowan; Cameraman, Ernest Miller. 

Direction, Very Good. Photography, Good. 

Hawks, Testing Plane for 
Films, Escapes Mishap Hurts 

Hartford, Conn. — Captain Frank 
Hawks, recently signed by Colum- 
bia to star in their forthcoming ser- 
ial, "The Adventures of the Mys- 
terious Pilot", narrowly escaped 
serious injury here in a test flight 
of his new speed plane, "Time 
Flies", which he will use in the 

A fur glove — one of a pair that 
had been presented to Captain 
Hawks as a Christmas present — fell 
into the well of the plane's retract- 
able landing gear and caused it to 
jam when Hawks tried to lower it 
for a landing. 

The flier brought the ship into a 
stall landing at Rentschler Field 
and skidded to a stop, ripping off 
the plane's undercarriage and twist- 
ing the tips of the propellers. Me- 
chanics said that repairs on the dam- 
aged plane would take about a week. 

0. M. Sayler, Inc. Moves 

Oliver M. Sayler, Inc., operating 
a publicity service, has moved to 
21 East 37th St. 


Edgar Kennedy in 

"The Hillbilly Goat" 

RKO-Radio 18 mins. 

A Wow 

Ed Kennedy takes the role of an 
electrical appliance salesman who 
goes up through the hillbilly coun- 
try trying to take orders. He runs 
into a hillbilly storekeeper and gives 
him a great sales talk. The native 
is so impressed he makes a deal with 
Kennedy to woo a widow up beyond 
the ridge for him by proxy, and if 
he sells the widow to wed him, then 
he will buy all the appliances. The 
fun starts when the widow thinks 
Kennedy is wooing for himself, and 
takes him at his word. Then Ed 
tries to get out of it, with the hill- 
billies all taking sides with the wi- 
dow. Some funny gags, and Ken- 
nedy a wow as usual. 

"Gold Mania" 

(World On Parade) 

RKO Radio 11 mins. 


Nice novelty, with the camera 
and the narrator following an old 
time gold prospector though the 
desert and over mountains on a 
day's search for the elusive metal 
hidden away somewhere in stream 
or under mountain rock. The pros- 
pector is accompanied by his faith- 
ful dog and old burro. Very na- 
turally done, without any theatric 
effects, which makes it all the more 

Farnsworth Gets Tele 

Construction Permit 

Philadelphia — Federal Communi- 
cations Commission has granted con- 
struction permit to Farnsworth Tele- 
vision Corporation of this city to 
conduct here broad experimental 
broadcast programs. 

Television studio, with two tele- 
vision cameras and a camera for 
transmission of motion pictures, is 
already in operation as the com- 
pany's Chestnut Hill station, accord- 
ing to George Everson, secretary of 
Farnsworth organization, who also 
revealed that 150-foot tower and 
power plant has been erected for 
radiation of television signals. 

Everson asserted that so far as 
science is concerned, television is 
ready for commercial market, and 
that his firm has highly developed 
technique of directional broadcast- 
ing for Philadelphia area and had 
purposely placed station outside of 
city proper so that towers could be 
shielded and images broadcast in 
single direction with concentrated 
strength, eliminating to considerable 
extent interference from New York 
stations and those in other nearby 
sections. Both indoor and outdoor 
settings will be transmitted. 

Philo T. Farnsworth, 30-year-old 
inventor of the system is now in 
Europe, but is expected to return 
here by mid-January at which time 
programs will be ready to present. 

Words and Wisdom 

'"THE public demands, and will sup- 
port, a better quality of picture 
than ever before. The past few years 
have seen the establishment of mo- 
tion pictures upon a high and secure 
level of achievement. — HARRY M. 

Hollywood directs its product as 
much towards the English-speaking 
countries as specifically as it does 
for the United States. The result is 
a growing good will, both for the 
industry and the public. — DARRYL 

Isn't it about time we stopped 
listening to the complaints of the 
buyers and sellers long enough to 
thank the "forgotten men and 
women" in California for their 1936 
achievements in production? — C. C. 

The tastes of motion picture au- 
diences have advanced to such a 
degree that producers no longer can 
use the old situations and no longer 
can get by with false or trans- 
parents stories or "sloppy" dialogue 
writing.— DAVID 0. SELZNICK. 

I am willing to credit 50 per cent 
of my success to the sound advice of 
makeup artists — and they are truly 
artists.— GEORGE RAFT. 

Characterization is the thing now- 
adays; the industry will have to de- 
pend more and more on it. Character- 
ization calls for more exacting writ- 
ing than plot which it has definitely 
supplanted. — RICHARD BOLES- 

Motion pictures demanded so 
much sincerity, such intense realism, 
such a complete abandonment of self 
— and so much work — that one 
rather becomes the character she 
portrays. — FRANCINE LARRI- 

Horseback riding is the greatest 
exercise in the world. If practiced 
consistently it will take the place of 
dieting, and any person, man or 
woman, can keep their figure with- 
out starving themselves. — 

"Dream" Ad Included in 

Advertising Art Annual 

One of the huge ads used to sell 
Warner Bros.' "A Midsummer 
Night's Dream" has received the 
distinction of being the first motion 
picture advertisement ever to be 
included in the Annual Of Advertis- 
ing Art. 

The ad appears in the 15th annual 
of the magazine which was just 
published, and credit for the art 
work goes to V. Bobri and Warner 
art director, Anthony Gablik. 

Smith, Ellerbe With Lyons 

Ben Smith and Harry Ellerbe 
have signed managerial contracts 
with A. & F. Lyons. 



Southern Film Exchanges 
Opens Charlotte Offices 

Charlotte, N. C. — Southern Film 
Exchanges, Inc., distributing West- 
erns in eight Sotuhern States, has 
opened local offices. 

The company was recently formed 
in Atlanta to distribute films in the 
Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Ala- 
bama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mis- 
sissippi. Offices have been opened in 
Charlotte, Atlanta, and New Orleans. 

John W. Mangham, recently re- 
signed as manager of Republic dis- 
tribution in Atlanta, heads the new 
company. P. E. Ausband of this 
city will be manager of the Char- 
lotte office and will have charge of 
bookings for the Carolinas. 

Cooney Bros. To Build 

Two New Chicago Houses 

Chicago — R. Levine and Co., 
architects, report sketches have 
have been completed for the new 
movie theater projected for Phil 
Dieter at 62nd and Western Ave. 
and for a new 1,000-seat house for 
Harlem and Grand Aves. They re- 
port the houses, when completed, 
will be operated by B. J. and J. J. 
Cooney, who have the Rio Theater 
at Hammond, Ind. Cooney Brothers 
were formerly operators of several 
South Side theaters in Chicago. 

The Foreign Field 

♦ ♦ News Flashes from All Parts of the Globe ♦ ♦ 

Von Sternberg Directing 

London — Josef von Sternberg will 
direct an English version of the 
French picture, "Mademoiselle Poc- 

Projectionist As City 

Employe, St. Louis Plan 

St. Louis, Mo. — Charles W. Spen- 
cer, motion picture machine opera- 
tor for the City of St. Louis, has 
tendered his resignation to City 
Comptroller Louis Nolte. This is 
the latest move in the controversy 
between Nolte and the I. A. T. S. E. 
and M. P. M. 0. Union over the 
employment of Spencer. 

Nolte has announced that he will 
send a letter to City Counselor 
Wayman asking him to prepare a 
city ordinance creating the position 
of motion picture machine operator 
for the city institutions. 

Yale Books First Bill 

New Haven — The newly-formed 
Foreign Films Club at the Yale 
University Graduate School will 
open its first season with "Cassez 
Le Feu," and "Le Visage de France" 
at Strathcona Hall on the Yale 
campus on Jan. 19 with four screen- 

It is planned to present another 
French program, and two German 
in the course of the year. Mrs. 
James Rowland Angell, wife of the 
Yale president, is head of the club. 
Joseph Seronde and Allan J. Bart- 
hold are in charge of the French 
project, and Adolph B. Benson and 
Nils G. Sahlin of the German. 

"Swing Time" in India 

Calcutta — The first three days' 
gross of "Swing Time" at the New 
Empire Theater was twenty-five 
per cent above the house record 
holder, "Top Hat." The house was 
sold out two days before the open- 
ing. At the gala opening they were 
willing to pay three times the ad- 
vertised price. 

Backing for Deutsch Odeons 

London — Cinema Ground Rents 
and Properties, Ltd., the $15,000,- 
000 company formed here recently 
to acquire sites for theaters, is now 
reported to be closely associated 
with the spread of Oscar Deutsch's 
Odeon theaters circuit. Commit- 
ments for the building of new Ode- 
ons is reported to exceed $5,000,- 

GB Changes Title 

London — Gaumont British an- 
nounces that "The Woman Alone" 
is the final title of the new Alfred 
Hitchcock production from a Jo- 
seph Conrad novel which stars Syl- 
via Sidney and Oscar Homolka, and 
features Desmond Tester and John 

Stricter Chinese Censorship 

Shanghai — More stringent rulings 
regarding the censorship of motion 
pictures in China are expected to 
be published shortly by the Central 
Film Censorship Board. It is be- 
lieved that these new measures will 
demand that every motion picture 
judged derogatory to China by the 
Board be confiscated and destroyed. 
Prints of such pictures if shown in 
countries other than China without 
first having made the deletions 
deemed necessary by the Chinese 
authorities will, it is stated, find all 
future productions by its producer 
banned from China permanently. 

New Brussels Firm 

Brussels — Subafilm has been form- 
ed here and will produce six pic- 
tures during the 1936-37 season. 

Washington's Trans-Lux 
Will Open About Feb. 15 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington— The Trans-Lux The- 
ater, now being constructed in 
Washington, will be ready for the 
public between Feb. 15-20, it was 
announced here yesterday jointly by 
Major L. E. Thompson, President of 
Trans-Lux, P. N. Furber, Board 
chairman of Trans-Lux, and Roland 
S. Robbins, who will manage new 
house. The property on Fourteenth 
and H Sts. has been leased for 20 
years by Trans-Lux from the Mc- 
Lean estate. 

Clair Forming London Co. 

London — It is rumored that Rene 
Claire will soon leave Korda's Lon- 
don Films to form his own produc- 
tion organization in London. 


150,000 House in III. 

Kansas City — The Fox-Midwest 
circuit will spend approximately 
$250,000 for construction and im- 
provements during 1937. The first 
construction to start will be a 1,200- 
seat theater at Mt. Vernon, 111., to 
cost about $150,000. 

German "Quickies" Are Out 

Berlin — In an effort to recapture 
the former place held by German 
motion picture producers before the 
debauch of propaganda films under- 
mined the standing of German 
films, the Ministry of Propaganda 
has instructed producers to avoid 
"rapid" production, announce their 
programs in advance, complete 
scenario and continuity before the 
first shot is taken and the players 
are familiar with their roles. 

Laughton-Pommer to Produce 

London — Charles Laughton and 
Erich Pommer are forming an in- 
dependent motion picture producing 
company. Intention is to produce 
four pictures yearly in two of which 
Laughton will be the star. Negotia- 
tions for world-wide release through 
United Artists are in progress. Pro- 
duction is expected to start soon 
after Laughton finishes "I, Clau- 
dius" which will complete his Lon- 
don Films contract. 

Rowson Joins Grosvenor Films 

London — Simon Rowson has been 
named joint managing director with 
Harcourt Templeman of Grosvenor 
Sound Films, Ltd., and has assumed 
his new duties. 

Grisman Takes Old Hudson 

Sam H. Grisman, play producer, 
has leased Hudson Theater, 141 
West 44th St., for unstated term of 
years from Emigrant Industrial 
Savings Bank through O'Gara & 
Co., realtors. Lease covers entire 
four-story building, including 1,046- 
seat theater proper, nine offices and 
two apartments. Until recently, Co- 
lumbia Broadcasting System put on 
feature radio programs in this audi- 
torium. Grisman intends it for 
presentation of legit and musical 
attractions. He is similarly operat- 
ing Forrest and 48th Street thea- 


Ernest Verebes for Hollywood 

Vienna — Ernst Verebes, Hungar- 
ian stage and film star, has been 
signed for Hollywood by Joe Paster- 

Writing Dietrich Story 

Vienna — Ferdinand Bruckner, 
Viennese dramatist, is writing a 
story about Lucrezia Borgia for 
Marlene Dietrich, it is stated here. 

'Golgotha", French Film, 
To be Released in U. S. 

"Golgotha," French-made specta- 
cle film, will soon have its American 
premiere, it is announced by George 
McL. Baynes, who has acquired for 
the Golgotha Corp. exhibition rights 
for the United States and Canada, 
Great Britain and the British Do- 
minions, and Argentina. "Golgotha" 
was directed by Julien Duvivier. 
The English version of "Golgotha" 
was completed by I. E. Lopert and 
Forrest Izard, and the latter also 
contributed a new prologue. 

$75,000 Film Theater to 

Be Built at Findlay, O. 

Contracts will be awarded imme- 
diately for a new $75,000 motion 
picture theater in the S. L. McKel- 
vey block, announced Homer W. 
Powell, president of the Quilna The- 
ater Co. Construction will be start- 
ed within 90 days, to be completed 
by Labor Day. The Marion Furni- 
ture and Electric Co. owns the 
building which the Quilna Co., own- 
ers of a theater in Lima, plan to 

The Ira H. Cohns (he's the 20th 
Century-Fox Exchange head here) 
left on an 18-day cruise on Monday. 
The Harry M. Kalmines (he's the 
Warner zone chief) are leaving on a 
bouth American cruise late this 

Sam Steinberg, equipment firm 
executive, left on a business trip 
through the West Virginia terri- 

Morris Finkel, local exhibitor, is 
leaving for California today. 

Gene Murphy, former publicity 
representative for Loew's Penn, is 
now holding down a similar posi- 
tion with Metro in Florida. 

Warners named their new neigh- 
borhood house the Squirrel Hill and 
will open it early next month. 

Cliff A. Schaufele has been named 
publicity representative for the 
Strand Theater in Altoona. 

Film Row Visitors: J. C. Hough- 
ton of the Orpheum Theater, Frank- 
lin, Pa.; Charlie Anderson of the 
Alpine Theater Circuit, Kingwood, 
W. Va.; F. J. Christie of the Tidi- 
oute Theater, Tideoute, Pa., and 
William Heaton of the Penn Thea- 
ter, Pennsboro, W. Va. 

"After the Thin Man" is moving 
direct from Loew's Penn to the 
Warner Theater today for an ex- 
tended downtown engagement. 

Walt Framer is the new U. A. 
publicity representative here. The 
post was left open since M. M. 
Greenwald resigned several months 

Ray Wheeler, manager of the 
State Theater, and Melba Scott, 
dancer, will marry. 

The Warner Theater is hiking its 
admission scale during the run of 
"After the Thin Man." 


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international in &jg£& 
Independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

VOL. 71. NO. 7 



Paramount Sets $30,000,000 Budget for '37-38 List 


Grand National Leases Educational^ Coast Studio 

Shorts as Lab 

. . . that Cullman suggestion 


IN the tangy vernacular of the day, 
Howard S. Cullman, director-receiver of 
the Roxy theater, would appear to "have 
something" in his suggestion that the 
American film industry utilize the short 
subject as an experimental "laboratory." 

To some extent, of course, it does so to- 
day, but there is ample room for elabora- 
tion. Elaboration which would, in truth, 
mark a return to first principles. For time 
was, and you do not have to be a grey- 
beard to remember when, that the one- and 
two-reel field was not only a proving 
ground for new ideas but their source 
as well. 

NOR was the short subject merely a 
source of ideas. As concerns talent, 
it occupied the same relationship to the 
feature that vaudeville and the still more 
lowly burlesque did to the dramatic and 
musical comedy stage. It easily could again 
under the program advanced by Mr. 

What should make that program par- 
ticularly attractive to the industry is the 
fact that it entails only a modest financial 
outlay, with the investing studio having 
much to gain and little to lose. There is 
virtually equal opportunity for both the 
major company and the "little fellow." 

Among other things, as the Roxy director- 
receiver observes, the short subject is the 
proper medium to plumb the public's re- 
action to the sociological theme, for which 
there is, in some quarters at least, in- 
creasing agitation. Other mass production 
industries have their trial balloons, find 
them of inestimable value; why not, then, 
the cinema? 

PATENTLY as yet it would not be good 
* business to invest up to a million dollars 
in such a trial balloon. Where venturesome 
producers have dared to manifest anything 
approaching "social awareness," the public's 
response has not been encouraging. 
Seventy-five million or more people weekly 
instead have demonstrated a marked pref- 
(Continued on Page 2) 

All Producing Activties to be 

Centered at Plant 

by April 

Grand National has taken over the 
Educational studio at the coast un- 
der a 10-year lease, stated Presi- 
dent Edward Alperson in New York 
yesterday. All producing activities 
of the company will be centered 
there starting in April, when the 
Western Electric lease, currently in 
effect, expires. 

Hal Lewis, who is now associated 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Allied M. P. operators Union can 
take no action on the proposed mer- 
ger with Local 306 until after Local 
306 has worked out an agreement 
with the I. T. 0. A., with which 
Allied has a 10-year contract. After 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Bondholders Group Sees 
6 Benefits In Roxy Plan 

In a letter to Roxy Theater bond- 
holders' urging approval of the pro- 
posed reorganization plan under 
which 20th Century-Fox would ac- 
quire the theater, the first mort- 
gage bondholders' committee states 

(Continued on Page 3) 

English Losses Said Heavy 

London (By Cable) — The British film 
industry has lost $10,000,000 out or 
$15,000,000 advanced by English banks 
during the past year, according to the 
Daily Film Renter, edited by Ernest 
W. Fredman. 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Congressmen J. 
Burwood Daly of Pennsylvania and 
William I. Sirovich of New York, 
the latter the chairman of the House 
patents committee, are drafting a 
bill to amend the copyright laws. 
They are particularly considering 
the position of Ascap in relation to 
the $250 minimum damages fee 
clause which the Duffy bill, now un- 
der reconsideration, would eliminate. 

Ontario's December Biz 

Said Biggest Since '09 

December business in Ontario 
theaters was the biggest since 1909, 
according to J. J. Allen, who handles 
Columbia product in the Dominion. 
Last six months of 1936 were much 
better than the first half of the 
year, he said yesterday, prior to 
leaving New York last night for 

Paramount Execs Discuss Production 
Plans for Next Year at Coast Meet 

Columbia Opens Eastern 

Sales Conference Today 

With the "Columbia Montague 
Sweepstakes" up for. discussion dur- 
ing the two-day session, the com- 
pany's Eastern sales meeting got 
under way today at the St. Moritz 
Hotel. General Sales Manager A. 
Montague is presiding; Jack Cohn, 

(Continued on Page 3) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The record sum of 
$30,000,000 has been set aside by 
Paramount for its production bud- 
get for the season of 1937-38, Bar- 
ney Balaban, president of the com- 
pany, announced yesterday at the 
opening session of a two-day pro- 
duction conference at the Ambassa- 
dor Hotel, Los Angeles, which was 
participated by Paramount executives 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Depinet Replies to Kuykendall 
on MPTOA Trade Prac- 
tice Program 

Replying to the MPTOA 10-point 
trade practice program, RKO yes- 
terday stated that it would grant a 
10 per cent unconditional cancella- 
tion privilege. The letter from Ned 
E. Depinet to Ed Kuykendall, head 
of the exhibitor organization, also 
indicates that the distributor will 
not abolish its score charges but 
will support the local conciliation 
board plan. 

Depinet's letter to Kuykendall 
reads as follows: 

Our company has considered the 

(Continued on Page 3) 


Warner Bros. -First National will 
lay out its 1937-38 program at con- 
ferences to be held at the coast in 
March. As yet the company, which 
sold 60 features for the current sea- 
son, has not decided upon its total 
for next year, Gradwell L. Sears, 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Loew to Drop Bank Night 
Here When Opposition Does 

Loew's is ready to discard "Bank 
Night" in its metropolitan area 
houses as soon as its opposition does, 
according to statement made at the 
home office yesterday. Eighteen 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Court to Get RKO Claims 

Two claims against RKO aggregating 
$900,000 will be presented in Federal 
Court for adjudication shortly. One 
is the claim of the Security First Na- 
tional Bank for $700,000 representing a 
bond issue on the San Diego Theater 
and office building, San Diego, Cal., 
which RKO guaranteed. The other is 
for $200,000 representing a claim under 
a lease which RKO guaranteed on the 
Downtown Theater, Detroit. 



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Grand Nat'l 3% 33/ 8 33/ 8 — % 

Sonotone Corp 2 2 2 

Technicolor 223/ 8 22 22 — 1/4 

Trans-Lux 4% ' 414 4% + 1/4 


Harry M. Goetz 

George Batcheller, Jr. 

Vilma Banky 


Douglas MacLean 

Pauline Starke 

Francis X. Bushman 

Dan Silbert 

T ▼ T 

• • • AT LAST Director Sam Wood has lost his firmly 

established rep as a superstition-scoffer and how those 

mad Marx Brothers are leffink! for years the M-G-M di- 
rector has disdained the superstitions associated with show biz 

he has allowed whistling in dressing rooms, started pix 

on Fridays, has never been known to own a rabbit's foot, a 

horseshoe or any other fetish but while shooting "A Day 

At the Races," the Marx boys found his weakness when they 
hid his rattan cane, which he has had for 20 years, and which 

has been with him through every picture Wood refused 

to go on until the cane was restored 

T T T 

• • • A NOVEL pool on a picture's box office score 

has netted Myrna Loy $4,000 Manager Herman Landwehr 

of the Capitol sent a wire to W. S. Van Dyke, director of "After 
the Thin Man," playing at the Broadway house the tele- 
gram gave the figures for the first week's run, and for the first 

four days of the second week the total box office figure 

was closest to the amount guessed by Myrna Loy in a pool made 
up by the author, director and principal players of the film 

as to how much the sequel would outgross the original 

"Thin Man" each of eight people contributed $500 to the 


T T T 

• • • BY WAY of an advance campaign for the opening 
of "Champagne Waltz," Paramount has completed a tie-up with 
the National Dance League five thousand four-page in- 
serts have been gotten up illustrating the various dances per- 
formed by Veloz & Yolanda, the international dance team fea- 
tured in the production copies have been sent to dance 
schools and teachers 

Shorts as Lab 

. . . that Cullman suggestion 

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erence for what Mr. Cullman appropriately 
calls "such cosmic staples as love, home and 

However, just as the short subjects once 
paved the way for the feature it is at least 
conceivable that history might repeat, the 
sociological two-reeler giving way to the 
feature in kind. 

Del. MPTO Defers Action 
on Sunday Movie Measure 

Wilmington, Del. — Theater own- 
ers of Delaware, meeting at Har- 
rington, deferred action on a pro- 
posal to sponsor legislation for Sun- 
day movies. At the same time they 
expressed opposition to any meas- 
ure in the General Assembly to 
legalize dog racing. 

They will meet again in about 
two weeks when it is expected they 
will determine whether to sponsor a 
Sunday movie measure. At that 
time a report will be submitted by 
the law and legislature committee 
of which Samuel Schwartz is chair- 

A. Joseph De'Fiore, president of 
the M. P. T. O. of Delaware and 
the Eastern shore of Maryland, pre- 

Representatives of Warner 
Brothers and Loew's were admitted 
into membership. 

Cohen, Special Master of 

Educational Pix Matter 

Wilmington, Del. — Philip Cohen 
of Wilmington was appointed spe- 
cial master to hold a meeting of 
stockholders for a reorganization 
of Educational Pictures, Inc., of 
Delaware, by Chancellor Josiah O. 
Wolcott in Chancery Court yester- 

The order was issued upon peti- 
tion of the corporation to effect a 
compromise or arrangement with 
stockholders for an exchange of se- 
curities, and for a reorganization. 

Chancellor Wolcott ordered Cohen 
to call the meeting within two weeks 
after Jan. 24. 

FTC Legalites Will Scan 

All Industry Legislation 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Motion picture legis- 
lation this year, aside from hear- 
ings on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, 
will undergo the keen scrutiny of 
the Federal Trade Commission, The 
Film Daily learned yesterday. A 
commission spokesman revealed 
practically all industry bills now 
pending before Congress will even- 
tually find their way to F. T. C.'s 
legal division. 

Konikow With Filmarte 

The Filmarte announces that 
Robert B. Konikow has joined its 
staff as Press Representative. 

Coming and Going 

CHARLES V. McADAM, president of Mc- 
Naught Newspaper Syndicate, accompanied by 
MRS. McADAM, sails from New York for San 
Francisco today on the Santa Paula. 

LEILA BEDERKHAN, Kurdish dancer who re- 
cently gave performance at Guild Theater; M. 
LEMARCHAND, producer, together with FERN- 
AND BOSON, theatrical sculptor, and RAY- 
MOND DESHAYS, theatrical decorator, all of 
French Casino Follies, sail for Europe today 
on the Lafayette. 

HARRY KALMINE, the Warner chief in 
Pittsburgh, has returned to his job after a 
stay in New York. 

NATE BLUMBERG has gone to the coast 
from New York. 

delayed their return to New York from Florida 
until Monday. 

JULES LEVY leaves New York Monday for 

FAY BAINTER left New York today by plane 
for Hollywood to start work in a featured role 
in Paramount's "The Years Are So Long," to 
be produced and directed by Leo McCarey. 

HOWARD LINDSAY, playwright, has signed 
a writer's contract with Paramount and left 
New York to start his new duties in the com- 
pany's scenario department in Hollywood. 

ROY DEL RUTH, 20th Century-Fox director 
who recently completed "On the Avenue," Irv- 
ing Berlin musical, arrived for a brief vacation 
yesterday, and is staying at the Waldorf- 

FERNAND GRAVET, left Hollywood yester- 
day for New York with MME. GRAVET. They 
will arrive here on Monday and will sail for 
France aboard the liner Normandie next Sat- 

SAM MARX, West Coast literary editor for 
Samuel Goldwyn, will arrive in New York Mon- 
day to confer with Beatrice Kaufman, Gold- 
wyn's eastern story editor, and see current 
stage plays. 

JANE WITHERS arrived in New York yes- 
terday afternoon from Boston. She will be 
in town for about five days. 

HARRY TAKIFF leaves New York Friday for 
a vacation at the Coast. 

ABE SCHNEIDER left New York yesterday 
for Florida. 

ADOLPH OSSO sails from New York tonight 
on the Champlain returning to Paris. 

J. J. ALLEN left New York last night on 
his return to Toronto. 

JOE MOSKOWITZ left New York yester- 
day for Hollywood. 

Ben Falk Dead 

Detroit — Ben Falk, formerly as- 
sociated with Bert C. Whitney, pro- 
prietor of the Whitney Opera House 
and other old Detroit theaters, died 
at Phoenix, Ariz. 






Robert Florey is believed to have the 
only complete collection in the world of 
Japanese Noh dance masks. — PARA- 


arurday.Jan. 9, 1937 

.30,000,000 FOR PARA. 
R0DUGTI0N IN '37-38 

(Continued from Page 1) 

om the United States and abroad 
■ho were here for the Adolph Zuk- 
r Silver Jubilee dinner Thursday 

"The company by reason of the 
eneral elastic production program 
utlined here today for 1937-38," 
aid Balaban, "launches the most 
mbitious and well planned picture 
chedule in its history." The sum 
f $30,000,000, he stated, was not 
rbitrary, nor was the planned pro- 
ram. Costs, casts and stories, he 
dded, would be changed as the 
ancies of exhibitor and public 
night indicate. 

Adolph Zukor, chairman of the 
oard, promised the gathering that 
^aramount's high standard in en- 
ertainment would be maintained. 
Je pointed out that yesterday's 
ession was the first time any major 
tudio had offered an opportunity 
jo it sexhibitor partners to voice 
heir opinions in the formulation 
• t' a year's production program. 

William LeBaron, production head, 
poke of the finished product and the 
.tory material in hand for the fu- 

T.O.A. Pact Holds Up 
Operator Unions' Merger 

(Continued from Page 1) 

:his agreement has been made, Al- 
ied will then consider terms of a 
ii'oposed merger with Local 306 and 
io one can foretell what action Al- 
lied will take on any such proposal, 
Film Daily was yesterday advised. 

Single Theatrical Union 

Objective of New Group 

A new disrupting factor was in- 
. jected into the local union situation 
vesterday by a group calling itself 
the United Theatrical and Motion 
Picture Workers of America which 
has set up national headquarters at 
358 W. 44th St. and proposes to sup- 
plant all existing A. F. of L. unions 
and set up one industrial union for 
. the entire amusement industry. 

The new organization of which 
: Bernard Deckoff is president, has a 
large calendar picture of John L. 
Lewis, head of the C.I.O., in its office 
and has literature urging all to "get 
behind the form of unionism Labor's 
Champion, John L. Lewis has so 
capably proven is the only correct 
form of unionism." Just what con- 
nection the new organization has 
with Lewis is not stated by Deckoff. 

Well, Here's How! 

Women's Christian Temperance 

Union's new propaganda film "The 
Beneficent Reprobate" which is being 
distributed in New York through film 
bureau of Y.M.C.A. goes after Ole 
Demon Rum on entirely new tack. Ap- 
peal to reason on scientific basis sup- 
plants ancient emotional persuasion. Or- 
ganization thinks here's how to bring 
about temperance. 

A "JUttU" fa*. "JUAs 





£)OROTHY REID, whose appoint- 
ment as an associate producer 
for Monogram Pictures has been 
announced by W. Ray Johnston, 
president, will have as her first 
assignment "Paradise Isle," Cosmo- 
politan Magazine story by Allan 
Vaughan Ellston. The entire cast 
and production crew will sail for 
Tahiti on Feb. 10th for location and 
background sequences. Interiors will 
be filmed at the New Hollywood 
studios, headquarters of Monogram 

T T T 

Claudia Dell, stage and screen 
actress, has been signed by David 
O. Selznick for an important role 
in the Selznick International tech- 
nicolor film, "A Star Is Born," co- 
starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric 

T T T 

Screen rights to "Jezebel," the 

remarkable play by Owen Davis, 
Sr., in which Miriam Hopkins ap- 
peared on Broadway, have been 
bought by Warner Bros. The pic- 
ture will be a starring vehicle for 
Bette Davis, but it will not go into 
production until spring. 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

Ned Sparks, dead-pan comedian, 
is the latest addition to the cast of 
"Wake Up and Live," to be pro- 
duced by 20th Century-Fox with 
Walter Winchell and Ben Bernie in 
leading roles. 

T T ▼ 

William Demarest has been added 
to the featured cast of "Dead Yes- 
terday," production at 20th Cen- 

▼ T T 

"You Can't Beat Love," an or- 
iginal story along comedy lines by 
Olga Moore, has been purchased by 
RKO Radio for production by Rob- 
ert Sisk. It will be adapted for the 
screen by Franklin Coen. 

Columbia Opens Eastern 

Sales Conference Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Vice-president of the company is 
attending and Home Office execu- 
tives who will take part in the ses- 
sions include Joe McConville, Rube 
Jackter, Lou Weinberg, Louis Astor, 
Max Weisfeldt, Hank Kaufman, Leo 
Jaffe, Maurice Grad, Milt Hannock, 
Leonard Picker, Bill Brennan, Al 
Seligman and Fred McConnell. 

Branch Managers and representa- 
tives from the six eastern exchanges 
are present. They include from New 
York, Division Manager Nat Cohn; 
Irving Wormser, Sol Trauner, Jack 
Sokoloff, Seymour Schussel, Jules 
Becker, Morris Fraum, Ed Helouis, 
John Wenisch and Harold Sachs. 
Albany, Branch Manager Phil Fox; 
Edward Hockstim, Charles Ost and 
James Bailey. Buffalo, Branch Man- 
ager Joe Miller; George H. Fergu- 
son, Murray Briskin, John Bullwin- 
kel and Elmer Lux. Boston, Branch 
Manager Tim O'Toole; Emanuel 
Cohen, Sol Simmons, Tim Donahue, 
Harry Olshan, Robert Murray, Har- 
old E. Young and Abe Barry. Phila- 
delphia, Branch Manager Harry 
Weiner; Maxwell Gillis, David Kor- 
son, Wm. Bethell, Samuel Palan, 
Lester Wurtele. New Haven, Branch 
Manager Harry Rogovin; Benjamin 
J. Lourie and Sidney Swirsky. 

Hirliman Will Scout for 
Talent While in New York 

George Hirliman, president of the 
newly-formed Condor Pictures, will 
do some talent scouting while here 
to confer with other heads of Condor 
on plans for next season. Confabs 
are slated to get under way next 

Eleanor Hunt, screen actress and 
wife of Hirliman, has accompanied 
him here. Her next picture will go 
before the cameras on her return 
to the coast. 

Bondholders Group Sees 

6 Benefits in Roxy Plan 

(Continued from Page 1) 

that the plan provides five principal 

These are described as the best 
obtainable assurance of a continu- 
ous supply of first-run pictures from 
one of the leading producers and 
distributors in the industry; assur- 
ance of competent management and 
operation by experts of proven abil- 
ity; retention of present first mort- 
gage position and the refunding of 
the bond issue at its entire face 
amount; a fixed return upon invest- 
ment at rates which under present 
market conditions seem reasonable, 
application of a fixed sum in dollars, 
increasing as time goes on, to amor- 
tization of the new bonds. 

Loew to Drop Bank Night 
Here When Opposition Does 

(Continued from Page 1) 

theaters of the circuit are using 
the plan. 

Outside of New York, only two 
Loew houses, both in the Poli cir- 
cuit in England, are playing "Bank 

RKO "Loans" Mrs. Rogers 
to Balto. Theater Group 

Because none of the younger RKO 
Radio players were available for 
loan to the Vagabond Players of 
Baltimore which wanted to present 
S. N. Behrman's play "Rain From 
Heaven," Mrs. Lela Rogers; head of 
the studio's Young Talent Depart- 
ment offerd her services to direct 
the play. The performance was vir- 
tually professional and the group 
had the largest audience turnout in 
its history, Mrs. Rogers said here. 

Mrs. Rogers is the mother of 
Ginger Rogers. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

proposals regarding trade practice 
matters which you sent to me. 

We are willing to grant an un- 
conditional minimum rejection privi- 
lege of ten per cent in our contracts 
with exhibitors in cases where all 
feature pictures offered by us are 
contracted for by the exhibitor. No- 
tice of rejection within a reason- 
able period after the receipt by the 
exhibitor of notice of availability 
will be required. Such rejection 
privilege cannot apply to pictures 
produced by others for whom we 
may distribute. 

The establishment of local boards or griev- 
ance committees of the nature and for the 
purposes described by you is a step which we 
would favor. We would be willing to give 
full cooperation to such boards within rea- 
sonable and legal limits for the settlement 
of disputes by voluntary submission. 

We do not favor the granting of unreason- 
able clearance and will continue to strive 
as we have in the past to eliminate any abuses 
resulting from such practice. However bene- 
ficial the establishment of uniform clearance 
and zoning plans for metropolitan centers 
or others territories might be, we believe 
that legal difficulties would be encountered 
in the setting up of such plans and therefore 
feel that we could not support or become a 
party to such plans. 

We recognize that over-buying .and unfair 
competition between theaters in the exhibition 
of pictures are practices which must be cor- 
rected. While to a large extent such prac- 
tices must be corrected by the exhibitors them- 
selves, we regard it as our duty as a distribu- 
tor to give full cooperation in the matter. 

We are opposed to non-theatrical exhibitions 
ot pictures in competition with established 
theaters and will make every effort to pro 
tect the exhibitor in this regard. 

We believe that the problems presented 
make inadvisable attempts to agree upon and 
adopt a standard form of exhibition contract. 
However, we will make every effort to pre- 
pare a shorter and simpler form of exhibition 
contract for use in the coming season. 

Score charges are a matter of negotiation 
between each individual exhibitor and our- 
selves and we cannot change our policy with 
respect to the same. 

The matter of seeking a fair portion of 
the Saturday and Sunday playdates is one 
of negotiation between the parties and the 
granting of such portion by the exhibitor is 
a part of the consideration paid for the use 
of our pictures. 

Short subjects we regard as an important 
part _ of an exhibitor's program. With this 
in view we are producing and are distribut- 
ing for other producers short product of out- 
standing quality and merit. We believe 
that this product is entitled to a reasonable 
part of the exhibitors' playing time. We feel 
that we must strive to obtain such fair 
representation among our customers. 

In conclusion I should like to state thai 
we will welcome any opportunity to cooperate 
by proper means with your very laudable 
attempt to bring about better conditions in 
the industry and improved relations between 
the exhibitor and the distributor. 

Warners to Hold Program 

Conference in March 

(Continued from Page 1) 

general sales manager, said yes- 

The Hollywood conferences will 
be attended by Jack Warner, Hal 
Wallis, Grad Sears, S. Charles Ein- 
feld and perhaps Harry M. Warner. 

Auction Nights Reach Canada 

Montreal — Auction Nights have been 
introduced for the first time to Mon- 
treal film patrons as a weekly feature 
at the Imperial theater. 


Saturday, Jan. 9, 1937' 


FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Featuring the weird and gruesome 
■ — "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" 
— Museum of Modern Art Film Li- 
brary held press preview of its ini- 
tial program of foreign film classics 
yesterday afternoon at its new pro- 
jection room, 125 East 46th Street. 

In addition to this unique produc- 
tion, which was made in Germany by 
Decla-Bioscop in 1919 and shown at 
Capitol Theater following its impor- 
tation in U. S. by Samuel Goldwyn, 
the program included a number of 
primitive animated pictures which 
the pioneer Skladanowsky and his 
brother fashioned in 1896 before the 
invention of cinematography; "Don 
Juan's Wedding," made by Messter- 
Film in 1909; "Misunderstood," 
made in 1912 by an unknown pro- 
ducer; and a single sequence of 
Ufa's "The Golem" (1920). 

The program, which is set by the 
Museum's Film Library for distri- 
bution to universities, institutions 
and cultural groups during 1937, is 
particularly interesting by reason of 
its demonstrating the spectacular 
strides film production has made 
during various stages since its in- 
ception, both from artistic and tech- 
nical standpoints. 

In the Skladanowsky primitives 
there appears to be little intimation 
of what was eventually to grow out 
of these crude efforts during the 
subsequent 40 years. But as "Don 
Juan's Wedding" and "Misunder- 
stood" unfold there is evidence of 
the cinema gaining definite technical 
strength. "The Golem" and "The 
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," almost con- 
temporary productions, reveal as- 
tonishing progress on all counts, 
particularly in lighting, photog- 
raphy, direction and acting. 

"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" had 
a profound effect upon newspaper 
criticism when brought to America. 
In the Film Daily's review, pub- 
lished April 10th, 1921, there is re- 
flected the degree to which the pic- 
ture's innovations excited reviewers 
and public alike. It was character- 
ized on the whole as a "decided 
novelty and a departure unique in 
pictures; opinions regarding it likely 
to vary." The story was described 
as "outdoing anything of the kind 
ever attempted in this country, and 
comment on direction was "some- 
thing entirely new in the line of 
picture entertainment." The film, 
however, had little or no effect on 
production here because of its gro- 
tesque settings and the conviction 
among producers that it was a risky 
and impractical pattern to follow. 

Tomorrow night, the program wiil 
be shown to Museum of Modern Art 
members at American Museum of 
Natural History at 8:30 p.m. 

Kutisker Gets City Line 

City Line Theater, Brooklyn, has 
been taken over by Morris Kutisker. 
House, which is now dark, reopens 
in about three weeks. 

Reviews of> View f-UUhs 

Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka in 


G-B 75 mins. 


Adapted from the novel "The Secret 
Agent," by Joseph Conrad, here is a grip- 
ping melodrama of a high order, for it has 
been handled by experts, in every depart- 
ment. Starting with a cunningly contrived 
plot by a master, Charles Bennett did an 
expert screen play that takes advantage of 
the deft suspense of which Conrad was a 
master. Then Director Alfred Hitchcock 
gave it that intelligent treatment for which 
he is famous. Oscar Homolka creates a 
characterization as great in its way as was 
his role of Paul Kruger in the Cecil Rhodes 
production. As the quiet and homeloving 
little man who engages secretly in the ter- 
roristic activities of the international gang, 
he is superb. John Loder as the Scotland 
Yard man is a handsome gent with a win- 
ning personality that should win him a 
Hollywood contract if he cares anything 
about one. The story starts quietly with 
the city of London being partly shrouded 
in darkness as the terrorists sabotage the 
power plant. Very deftly the sinister part 
that Homolka plays in the ring is shown, 
as he goes about his business of running a 
small cinema. His wife, Sylvia Sidney, works 
in the ticket booth. She has a brother, 
played by Desmond Tester with fine spirit, 
who is sent by Homolka with the deadly 
bomb that is timed to explode at a certain 
hour as it is planted in Charing Cross sub- 
way station. The boy never reaches there, 
for his idling en route causes disaster be- 
fore he reaches there, and blows the bus to 
bits on which he is riding. Loder as the 
Scotland Yard man is covering Homolka, 
becomes interested in the wife, who is 
ignorant of her husband's activities. When 
she realizes that he has been the cause of 
her little brother's tragic death, she stabs 
him to death with a carving knife at dinner. 
This scene is built up to terrific suspense 
with a slow, gripping tempo. Superb. Also 
a later sequence as Loder tries to keep her 
from incriminating herself as the murderess. 
The climax has another explosion in the 
flat above the cinema destroying the body 
and evidence of her crime done in self- 
defense. One of the best gripping dramas 
the screen has offered in a long time. 
Beautifully handled in all departments, 
with Sylvia Sidney doing about her best 
heavy dramatic work. 

Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka, Des- 
mond Tester, John Loder, Joyce Barbour, 
Matthew Bolton, S. J. Warmington, William 

Director, Alfred Hitchcock; Author, 
Joseph Conrad; Screenplay, Charles Ben- 
nett; Editor, Charles Frend; Cameraman, 
Bernard Knowles. 

Direction, Excellent. Photography, The 

Grace Moore, Flu Victim 

111 with the flu in the West, Grace 
Moore has postponed her departure 
for New York and her appearances 
at the Met. next week accordingly 
have been cancelled. 


"Forest Gangsters" 

(Struggle to Live) 

RKO Radio 10 mins. 


Exciting reel showing how pro- 
fessional hunters clear a certain 
western district of the menace of 
mountain lions and other killers. 
The two hunters start out, and with 
their horses and a pack of hounds, 
hit the trail of a mountain lion. 
After an exciting chase, the lion is 
treed by the dogs and captured alive. 
Produced by H. L. and Stacy R. 
Woodard for the Van Beuren Cor- 
poration. A good job, with plenty 
of suspense. 

"Merry Cafe" 

(Krazy Kat) 

Columbia 7 mins. 

Cat Antics 

A wild adventure of Krazy Kat 
in the Automat restaurant. As all 
the other animals have plenty to 
eat, poor Krazy tries to steal a mor- 
sel here and there. Finally the cat 
is knocked unconscious by a passer- 
by, and in the trance dreams of all 
the eats in the restaurant at her 
disposal. Suddenly waking, and 
realizing it was all a dream, Krazy 
knocks herself cold this time so she 
can dream some more. 

"Deep South" 

RKO Radio 17 mins. 

Darky Atmosphere 

An atmospheric number of the 
South with the cotton fields as back- 
ground. As the darkies work in the 
field, they are making ready to cele- 
brate a wedding that evening of two 
of their number. Clarence Muse is 
featured, along with the Hall John- 
son Choir, which sings nine songs. 
After the wedding in the evening 
they all troop to the new cabin to be 
inhabited by the happy couple, with 
a round of dancing, feasting and 
singing. Produced by Bert Gilroy. 
Directed by Leslie Goodwins. 

"Ladies Day" 

(Sports With Bill Corum) 

RKO Radio 11 mins. 

Femme Sports 

This sports reel is devoted to the 
athletic activities of the femmes. 
Bill Corum does the emceeing and 
narration as he takes the audience 
through the list of sports. A polo 
team in action. A fencing match by 
two experts. Surf swimming in the 
Pacific. A new game, archery golf, 
with the girls using bows and ar- 
rows instead of golf balls, is divert- 
ing. There are shots of tennis, soft- 
ball baseball and diving. Produced 
by Van Beuren. 

Joins Wanger Office 

Antoinette Spitzer, formerly of 
the Blackstone Co., has joined the 
local Walter Wanger office and will 
work on special exploitation for the 
"Walter Wanger Vogues of 1938." 


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with Grand National, becomes stu- j 
dio manager. He had been in charge 
of the plant for Educational. 

The studio property includes seven 1 
stages and 10 acres of land. Walter- 
Wanger made several of his big pro-*" 
ductions there. 

Other features of the property || 
are an exterior bank of concrete for 
water sequences and individual 
plants containing mill and carpenterj 
shops, plaster, molding and machine | 
shops, electric plant, together withJ 
several blocks of dressing roomsj 
The prop building embraces four 1 ! 
floors and there is also a three-story 
building containing film vaults, cut-i 
ting rooms and projection rooms.J 

Grand N a t i o n a l's production^ 
schedule calls for eight features to I 
go into work during this month and 


Alexander Film Exhib. 

Partners Split Million 

Colorado Springs, Colo. — Approx- 
imately one million dollars screen- 
ing revenue — 92 per cent more than 
in 1935 — went to exhibitor-partners 
of the Alexander Film Co. in 1936, 
John White, secretary-treasurer, has 

It was the best year in company 
history, with the volume running 13 
per cent higher than that of 1929, 
White reported. National business 
gained 462 per cent over that of 
1935 local business jumped 50.05 
per cent. 




Columbia Declares $.68% 

Divvy on $2.75 Convert.}; 

Columbia Pictures yesterday an 
nounced that the Board of Directors 
at its meeting held Thursday, de- 
clared a quarterly dividend of $.68 % 
per share on the $2.75 Convertible! 
Preferred Stock, payable Feb. 15 to 
the Preferred stockholders of record 
at the close of business Feb. 3. 

$50,000 Film Stock Burns 

Elizabeth, N. J. — $50,000 worth 
of raw moving picture films went up 
in smoke when a Dupont Film Corp 
truck caught fire here Wednesday 
The truck was on its way from Mor- 
gan, N. J. to New York when a gas 
station attendant noticed smoke bil 
lowing from the truck. He shouted 
to the driver, who barely escaped 
when the inflammable load burst 
into flames. The blaze blocked traf- 
fic on the Lincoln Highway for 
more than an hour. 

Roxy Memorial Plaque 

That "The Gang" hasn't forgot- 
ten Roxy is evidenced by fact me- 
morial plaque is soon to be placed 
permanently in lobby of Roxy The- 
ater at 50th St. and 7th Ave. Annt 
Collins, who danced in his stag€ 
presentation unit, is the sculptress 


Intimate in CharaC^w, J < 
International in Scope^ 
Independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 



/OL. 71, NO. 8 




i ' 

GB Expected to Handle Number of American Pictures 


Edward Golden Rejoins Monogram as Head of Sales 

5uits Similar Post at Chester- 
field-Invincible to 

Edward A. Golden, formerly gen- 
eral sales manager of Monogram, 
oday rejoins that organization in 
he same capacity, following his 
esignation from a similar post at 
phesterfield-Invincible. He became 
listribution head of Republic follow- 
ng its formation several years ago 
., «nd quit that spot Dec. 18, 1935. A 
.;'."ew days later he became affiliated 
m vith Chesterfield-Invincible. Golden, 
'. vho was one of the independent dis- 
.. ributors active in the drafting of 
•he now-defunct motion picture code 
mder the NRA, had long been an 
advocate of double feature bills. 


Republic plans to hold its annual 

: iroduction conference within the 

r lext two or three weeks and will 

Irop one or two series of westerns 

'rom its next season program, it 

1S vas said yesterday by J. J. Mil- 

;tein, sales manager. Republic will 

;i -ontinue to produce 36 features and 

• 'our serials. Instead of making 32 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Hays, Buck and Rodner 

Rogers Fund Directors 

Albany — The Will Rogers Me- 

•ii : norial Fund of New York City, has 

:o )een chartered by the Secretary of 

State as a membership corporation 

vithout capital stock. 

The territory in which the opera- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Loew Circuit Biz Up More Than 15 P. C. in 1936 

Business in Loew theaters in 1936 was more than 15 per cent ahead of the 
previous year, said a spokesman for the circuit yesterday. Last week was the biggest 
seven-day period in the history of the company, it was stated. Many of the circuit's 
houses were playing "After the Thin Man." 

Mich. Allied Plans Measure to Curb 
Free Street Shows in Small Villages 

Detroit — Allied of Michigan is 
planning to sponsor in the legis- 
lature a bill curbing free street 
shows, especially prevalent in small 
towns in the state and which are re- 
ported hurting theater business. 

"Usually sponsored by local mer- 
chants in towns without theaters, 
they hurt houses in nearby com- 
munities as people will drive 20 miles 

for free shows," said H. M. Richey, 
business manager of the unit, yes- 

"The crowds constitute a fire 
hazard and we will seek legislation 
to make shows safe. A fire in the 
projector with a crowd around it 
would create a panic. Films used 
are generally old and not from es- 
tablished distributors." 


Legislative Scene — Heavy British Investments 



Film solons hailed President 
Roosevelt's address at opening of 
Congress on Wednesday as clearly 
indicating administration will not 
seek constitutional amendment to 


London cables bristled with film 
flashes, more noteworthy of which 
advised that approximately $110,- 
000,000 in new capital was invested 
in British end of industry during 

(Continued on Page 7) 

GB Exchanges May Handle American 
Films Besides Outside British Product 

Hubbard and Tronolones 

Launch Precision Labs. 

Loew Div. Payable Feb. 15 

A quarterly dividend of S1.62V2 de- 
clared by the Loew board of directors 
on Jan. 6 on the outstanding $6.50 
cumulative preferred stock is payable 
on Feb. 15 to stockholders of record 
as of Jan. 29. 

Roscoe C. Hubbard, Nick Trono- 
lone and Charles Tronolone formerly 
associated with Consolidated Film 
Industries, Inc. will head the newly 
organized Precision Film Labora- 
tories, Inc. soon to open for business 
at 21 West 46th St. 

The laboratory equipment will in- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Under its plan to establish its own 
exchange system in the United 
States, GB is understood contem- 
plating taking on some American- 
made products for distribution dur- 
ing the 1937-38 season. At present 
the company is releasing 16 of its 
own productions as well as pictures 
made by B. I. P. and Herbert Wilcox. 

Arthur A. Lee, vice-president, and 
Maurice Ostrer, who have been in 
Florida, have delayed their return 
to New York until Monday. 

Business Upswing Brings Wave 

of Reopenings, New 


Close to 600 more theaters are 
currently in operation throughout 
the country than were open on June 
15, 1936, according to a survey made 
by RKO Radio Pictures. The addi- 
tions to the list of lighted houses are 
either theaters formerly closed or 
new construction. 

Pickup in the film business 
throughout the country which has 
nearly all operators on the lookout 
for new theaters to acquire is re- 
sponsible for the reopening of dark- 
ened houses and new building. There 
is a strong theater building wave 
under way in many sections of the 
nation, with indications that a con- 

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Louis B. Mayer, Loew's produc- 
tion head, does not contemplate con- 
ferences with Isidore Ostrer, GB 
president, who is understood to have 
proposed a deal involving Loew's 
20th Century-Fox, John Maxwell 
and his own company. Mayer is 
now in New York and has not as 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Group to Seek Uniform 

Photographic Standards 

Following development of a world- 
wide standard for 16 mm. sound films 
providing for complete interchange- 
ability of films and equipment, a 
committee representing all branches 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Connie Bennett May Produce 

Constance Bennett is understood plan- 
ning to produce her own pictures and 
is now in New York developing the 
project. She is also considering doing 
a play, which might later be filmed. 




Monday, Jan. 11, 1937 

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Monte Blue 

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Porter H. Evans 

Dave Davidson 

11 The Broadway Parade II 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

College Holiday (Paramount Pictures) — 3rd week Paramount 

After the Thin Man (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — 3rd week Capitol 

That Girl from Paris (RKO Radio) — 2nd week Music Hall 

Beloved Enemy (United Artists) — 2nd week Rivoli 

One in a Million (20th Century-Fox) — 2nd week Roxy 

Great Guy (Grand National) — 2nd week Criterion 

We Who Are About to Die (RKO Radio)— 2nd week Rialto 

God's Country and the Woman (Warner Bros.) Strand 

Counterfeit Lady (Columbia Pictures) Globe 

Stowaway (20th Century-Fox) (a-b) Palace 

Smart Blonde (Warner Bros.) (a) Palace 


Janosik (French M. P. Co.) — 3rd week Filmarte 

Revolutionists (Amkino) — 3rd week Cameo 

Slalom (Geo. Kraska-World) — 4th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Les Petits (Franco American) — 2nd week Cinema de Paris 


The Eternal Mask (Arthur Mayer-Jos. Burstyn) Jan. 12 Filmarte 

The Plainsman (Paramount) — Jan. 13 Paramount 

Lloyds of London (20th Century-Fox) — Jan. 14 (b) Music Hall 

Camille (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — Jan. 15 Capitol 

Black Legion (Warner Bros.) — Jan. 16 Strand 

Men Are Not Gods (United Artists) — Jan. 16 Rivoli 

Robber Baron (Fortune Film) — Jan. 25 Venezia 

Hideaway Girl (Paramount) (c) Rialto 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current feature. 

Telescreen Trailer, New 

Enterprise of Rubinstein 

Telescreen Trailer Service has 
been organized by Leon J. "Ruby" 
Rubinstein to market a series of pre- 
sentation subjects in which a speaker 
tells theater patrons from the screen 
what the management is doing to 
make the house their favorite thea- 
ter, discusses coming attractions 
and in general builds good-will for 
the theater. The subjects are not 
intended to replace the regular 
trailer service. 

Telescreen has offices at 729 
Seventh Ave. and will be sold terri- 
torially. "Ruby" points out that this 
is the first opportunity the exhibitor 
has had to directly sell his seats 
from the screen. 

Fox Bankruptcy Goes to 

Federal Court in N. J. 

Atlantic City — Transfer of the 
$9,535,000 William Fox bankruptcy 
suit and the action for appointment 
of receivership and the recapture of 
assets, brought against the All-Con- 
tinent Corp., formerly a Fox organi- 
zation, to U. S. District Court was 
directed here Saturday by Vice 
Chancellor W. Frank Sooy. 

Still Another Survey 

There's going to be still another 
survey of the effect of the movies 
on the youngsters. U. S. Parents 
Association's committee will report 
on the merits of double programs, 
use of movies in the schools and on 
the recently enacted "Matron Law," 
which requires an adult to accom- 
pany children to moving pictures 
during school hours. 

100 Feb. 22 Key Bookings 
For New Grace Moore Film 

More than 100 Washington Birth- 
day key situation bookings on 
"When You're in Love," starring 
Grace Moore, have been received by 
Columbia, Abe Montague, general 
sales manager, told his Eastern re- 
gional sales meeting Saturday at the 
St. Moritz hotel. The picture will be 
generally released on Feb. 27, how- 
ever. Plans for the "Columbia Mon- 
tague Sweepstakes" were outlined. 

Farnsworth to Broadcast 

First Television Program 

Philadelphia, Pa. — The Farnsworth 
Television Corp. is expected to start 
television broadcasts from its 
Chestnut Hill studio this week. Stu- 
dio will start with two television 
cameras for direct pickup and a 
camera for film programs. Station 
will operate on a frequency of 62.75 
megacyles, highest yet used, accord- 
ing to Chief Engineer A. H. Brolly. 

Million in Liabilities 

London (By Cable) — Aggregate 
liabilities of the Twickenham Film 
Studios, Ltd., the J. H. Productions, 
Ltd., and the Twickenham Film Dis- 
tributors, Ltd., for whom receivers 
have been appointed, are estimated 
at $1,000,000. 

"Dreams of Love" Stays 

The Modern Playhouse is holding 
over "Dreams of Love", the Danu- 
bia Pictures release being credited 
with setting a b.o. mark. 

Coming and Going 

stage players; ETIENNE AMYOT, concert pian- 
ist; and ERNEST THOMPSON SETON, author, 
arrive from Europe tomorrow on the Aquitania. 

will sail for New York Thursday aboard the 
French liner Champlain. The actor has been 
signed to a Warner contract, and will report 
at the coast not later than Feb. 2. 

ERT WILCOX, who will have parts in James 
Whale's production of "The Road Back," 
trekked out for Universal City yesterday. 

ROY DEL RUTH, who is in New York seeing 
plays, remains one week before returning to 
Hollywood to make "The Broadway Melody of 

GUS S. EYSSELL, secretary of the Radio City 
Music Hall Corp. and assistant to W. G. Van 
Schmus, managing director of the theater, has 
sailed aboard the S.S. Orizaba for a month's 
holiday in Mexico and Havana. 

JOE HILLER has returned to Pittsburgh from 
a New York business trip. 

LOUIS B. MAYER, now in New York, plans 
to remain east one week. He has not as yet 
decided whether he will go to Miami or di- 
rectly return to Hollywood. 

MAXWELL F. JUDELL arrives from the coast 
today for a few days' stay; he will confer with 
a major studio head on production matters. 

Schines Will Improve 

Rialto at Glens Falls 

John Eberson, New York architect, 
has been instructed by the Schine 
interests to prepare plans and spe- 
cifications for extensive alterations!: 
of the Rialto theater at Glens Falls.' 
acquired by the Gloversville oper- 

"Cloistered" Going Strong 

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shown and has been booked by the] 
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cuits, Skouras Theater and the Fa I 
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westerns next season, it will make 
only 16 or 24. 

The company is 75 to 80 percent 
sold up on its current output, Mil- 
stein said. 

Hubbard and Tronolones 

Launch Precision Labs. 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

elude Debrie Printing- and Develop- 
ing Machines, R. C. A. High Fidelity 
Projecting Machines, Eastman B. 2 
Sensitometer and Densitometer, and 
Movieola tests of the above equip- 
ment are now being completed. 

Hubbard who is President of the 
Precision Laboratory will also act 
in the capacity of Chief Technical 
Engineer a like post formerly held 
while with Consolidated Film Ind. 
Inc. Nick Tronolone will be in charge 
of sales and the plant manager will 
be Charles Tronolone, who formerly 
held this post for Consolidated and 
Craftsman Laboratories. 

Mayer-Ostrer Talks 

In N. Y. Not Likely 

(Continued from Page 1) 

yet decided whether he will join 
Nicholas M. Schenck at Miami or 
return to Hollywood in about one 

Isidore Ostrer and his brother, 
Maurice, have bookings to sail for 
England Wednesday. Maurice and 
Arthur A. Lee are due back in New 
York today from Florida. 

Hays, Buck and Rodner 

Rogers Fund Directors 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tions are principally to be conducted 
is in New York, Westchester and 
Essex counties, state of New York, 
with principal office in Borough of 
Manhattan, New York City. 

Gene Buck, F. Trubee Davison, 
Joseph M. Hartfield, Edward V. 
Rickenbacker, Harold Rodner, J. 
Henry Walters, Will H. Hays, are 
the directors to serve until the first 
annual meeting. 

A bath tub de luxe that would put 
to shame Cecil De Mille's wildest flight, 
was constructed for Eddie Nugent in 
"The Mandarin Mystery."— REPUBLIC. 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • IT IS fitting that the industry give heed to the fact 
that Hal Roach is celebrating his twenty-third anniversary as a 

producer for he is the one producer who has consistently 

and exclusively stuck to his original love Comedy 

he came into the field in the gorgeous-goofy era of slambang 

slapstick and has grown and progressed with all the 

succeeding stages until today he is still maintaining his 

rep as an Individualist by producing features exclusively in the 
field of musical comedy with the emphasis on Comedy. 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • AS ONE of the steps in launching the current 

year's program of six musical comedy features Joe Riv- 

kin has been here a week from the coast for Hal sizing 

up the talent market and making some important preliminary 

deals we wandered in on the Hal Roach eastern office 

and found Joe up to his ears in deals and the reception room 
crowded with talent of consequence 

▼ Y ▼ 

• • • IT SEEMS that Mister Roach is staking his rep 

on the production of these six musical comedies he is 

lining up top-line names in direction, music and writers and 
stars he has appointed S. S. Van Keuren as vice-presi- 
dent in charge of production and you will be hearing 

from this individual impressively in the near future 

the Komedy King is surrounding himself with a squad of up- 
and-coming people in all departments such as Norman 

McLeod to produce "Topper," the Thorne Smith novel with a 

Jeanie MacPherson adaptation also Bert Kalmar and 

Harry Ruby to do the book, lyrics and music for another mu- 

T ▼ T 

• • • SO THE new year is starting off pretty much all 

right for Hal Roach with production completed on the 

Laurel-Hardy "Way Out West," in which the comics both sing 

and dance and Hollywood advance dope say it's the tops 

and another is "Pick A Star" a very preten- 
tious musical comedy flashing such names as Jack Haley, Patsy 

Kelly, Mischa Auer, Lyda Roberti, Laurel and Hardy 

which Edward Sedgwick has just completed directing 

and they say that several hundred Dancing Beauts in this one 

are sen-say-shun-nal so Joe Rivkin is all hopped up, 

and flies back to the Coast with the firm conviction that his boss 
is entering his most successful year 

▼ T ▼ 

• • • A CERTAIN important film exec phoned to Fortune 

Gallo the impresario of the San Carlo Opera company 

who skyrocketed to fame in a new field when he produced the 

lavish musical spectacle at Jones Beach last summer . 

and the film gent made Gallo a dazzling offer to produce in 
Hollywood but the big spectacle specialist said nunno 

that he had under way a spectacle for Jones Beach 

that would be the Last Word nothing like it on land 

or sea or screen or stage ever seen before and so Holly- 
wood would have to wait on him until the autumn Gallo, 
incidentally, is one of the Ten Best current money-makers in the 
show biz anywhere 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THE CURRENT co-op campaign letter issued to 
the theater managers by Billy Ferguson's exploitation dep't at 

Metro leads off with a splurge about The Film Daily's 

Ten Best poll pointing out that M-G-M landed not only 

four of the ten, but winning three out of the first four places 

which tells the world that Metro is still the Number 

One Company so the bulletin urges the exhib lads to 

take full advantage of the Ten Best scoop by exploiting the 
achievement in all their publicity and advertising 


(Continued from Page 1) 

siderable further addition to the 
number of lighted theaters will be 
made during 1937. 

Washington — The Department of 
Commerce on Saturday fixed the 
number of new theaters constructed 
during 1936 at approximately 500, 
representing an expenditure of $27,- 
000,000 and making the total indus- 
try investment at $2,027,000,000. 
The Department estimated 1936 pro- 
placed the cost at $135,000,000, an 
duction at "about" 500 pictures and 
advance of $10,000,000. 

These figures approximate those 
published in The Film Daily on 
Dec. 23. They were contained in an 
article reviewing 1936, written by 
Jack Alicoate, editor and publisher. 

Group to Seek Uniform 

Photographic Standards 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of the photographic industry has 
been set up to work out other na- 
tional and international standards 
in the photographic field. 

The committee includes L. A. 
Jones and Walter Clark of Eastman 
Kodak, Dr. Alfred N. Goldsmith, Soc. 
of M.P. Engineers; V. S. Sease, Du- 
Pont Mfg. Co.; W. A. Schmidt, 
Agfa-Ansco Corp.; W. B. Rayton, 
Bausch & Lomb Co., and A. C. 
Hardy, Optical Society of America. 

The committee will meet soon to 
make detailed suggestions on the 
scope and organization of the work, 
which will be carried out under the 
auspices of the International Stand- 
ards Association in cooperation with 
the International Conference of 
Scientific and Applied Photography. 

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Freedley With Goetz 

Vinton Freedley has signed with 
Charles S. Goetz, who expects to 
close a deal for him with one of the 
major company's to produce musi- 


Today: Buffalo Variety Club installation din- 

Today: Detroit Variety Club installation, 
Book-Cadillac Hotel. 

Jan. 16: I.T.O.A. annual party, the Waldorf 
Astoria, New York. 

Jan. 21-22: Allied directors' meeting, the 
Emerson, Baltimore. 

Jan. 25: Kansas City (Mo.) Variety Club ball, 
Pla Mor ballroom. 

Feb. 3: Motion Picture Research Council's 
benefit performance of Ballet Ruste, Oak- 
land, Cal. 

Feb. 13: Columbian Club formal dance, Wal- 

Feb. 20: Warner Club annual ball, the Wal- 

April 9: Annual ball of the Press Photo- 
graphers at the Hotel Commodore. 


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pean actor, just signed to a 
Warner pact, may make his U. S. 
film debut in a Max Reinhardt pro- 
duction. Sokoloff and his wife are 
expected here in late January. They 
sail for America this week and will 
stop over in New York. 

T T ▼ 

Miriam Hopkins has purchased 
the home of the late John Gilbert 
and will occupy it following redeco- 

T T T 

Ken Goldsmith, recently appoint- 
ed associate producer of Monogram 
Pictures Corp., has been assigned 
to "Romance of the Limberlost," by 
Gene Stratton-Porter, as his first 
feature. Mrs. Porter's novel was 
originally titled "Her Father's 

T ▼ T 

"Sales Lady," a novel by Harold 
Morrow, has been purchased by 
Monogram for its 1937-38 schedule. 

V ▼ T 

Lloyd Whitlock, Nick Copeland 
and Richard Terry, prominent char- 
acter players, are the latest addi- 
tions to the cast which Columbia is 
now assembling for "Freedom for 

▼ v ▼ 

Burgess Meredith, who scored a 
signal success in his first picture, 
"Winterset," will continue to appear 
for the RKO Radio studio, for his 
option has been taken up by S. J. 
Briskin, vice-president in charge of 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 24 • • • 
/"^HARLES R. ROGERS. Executive vice-president in charge of production of 
^^ the new Universal and rated one of the most mentally-alert executives 
in the industry. Once a salesman of haberdashery, later New England sales 

manager for a paint-varnish concern. With a 
pensioned Lehigh Valley fireman as partner, built 
the Eastern Star Theater at East Buffalo. Formed 
a little company and bought independent pix 
for New York State territory. Then with L. J. 
Selznick as director of sales. Subsequent af- 
filiations: Robertson-Cole Co., partnership with 
Hunt Stromberg, with E. M. Asher and Edward 
Small, with RKO Pathe, with Paramount as an 
indie producer, and, finally with Universal, 
whose purchase he negotiated. Married to the 
former Helen Weiss, non pro. One son, John W. 

A sound stage at the David L. 
Loew studios was the scene of a 
five-pointed reunion while scenes 
were being filmed for the Joe E. 
Brown RKO Radio starring vehicle, 
"When's Your Birthday?" and when 
noses were counted it was found 
that five men on the "set" were 
prominently concerned with the 
making of the original "Broadway 
Melody" in 1928. They were Charles 
King, Eddie Kane, Jay Eaton, Hari-y 
Beaumont and Sandy Roth. 

Elizabeth Allan has been assigned 
a role in "The Last Slaver" at 20th 

Century-Fox, replacing Mary Rog- 
ers who has the influenza. 

"His Arabian Nights," a story 
just completed by Gene Fowler for 
20th Century-Fox studios, will be 
the basis of Eddie Cantor's first 
musical for that studio under his 
recently signed contract. Previous- 
ly, 20th Century-Fox had scheduled 
"Saratoga Chips," a race track story 
by Damon Runyon and Irving Caes- 
ar, as Cantors first picture. It 
will be his second. 

▼ T T, 

"The Round-Up" will be the 
fourth of the Hopalong Cassftdy, 

series of films being produced for 
Paramount by Harry Sherman, it 
was announced today. 

William Boyd and James Ellison 
will have the leading roles with 
George Hays, Stephen Morris and 
John Beach in featured parts. The 
script is being written by Maurice 

t r t 

With the casting of six-year-old 
Patsy O'Connor, B. F. Zeidman will 
begin shooting immediately on his 
next Grand National picture, "Two 
Shall Meet." 

Douglas MacLean has started 
production on "Twenty-three And a 
Half Hours Leave" after a delay of 
two weeks due to the illness of Di- 
rector John G. Blystone. 

George R. Batcheller of Chester- 
field has signed Dan Milner as film 
editor of "Red Lights Ahead," his 
current production featuring Lucille 
Gleason, Roger Imhof and Andy 
Clyde, — with Paula Stone, Junior 
Coghlan and Ben Alexander in the 
youthful leads. Milner was film 
editor of Batcheller's recent Chester- 
field production "House of Secrets." 

"His Arabian Nights," the first 
musical film story written by Fowl- 
er, will go into production about 
March first, with Cantor as Ali Ba- 
ba. Laurence Schwab is associate 



(.Continued from Payc 1) 

legalize NRA, thereby assuring non- 
revival of film and other industry 
codes. However, sources conversant 
with spirit and intent of present 
session held inti-oduction and subse- 
quent passage of some measure reg- 
ulating working hours, minimum 
wages and fair trade practices as 
virtually certain. 

* * * 

Introduction of bill amending copyright laws 
is also viewed as certainty. Measure in num- 
ber of provisions resembles Duffy bill which 
got Senate's O. K. at last session but got no 

* * * 

Thursday found filmland's rank and file 
alike affectionately acclaiming Adolph Zukor's 
birthday and coincident celebration of his 
Silver Jubilee which marks twenty-five year 
period during which he contributed enormous- 
ly to industry's progress. Day's climax in 
Hollywood was tendering of testimonial din- 
ner at Paramount studios where Will H. 
Hays presented to him, in the presence of 
close to 1000 friends, a giant volume con- 
taining many thousands of signatures of 
well-wishers in every part of civilized world. 

* * * 

In record 15th annual poll of the FILM 
DAILY, 523 film critics representing the 
nation's newspapers, syndicates, trade press 
and fan publications nominated 149 pictures, 

and from this number they selected as tht 
Ten Best Pictures of 19.16: "Mutiny On the 
Bounty" (416 votes); "Mr. Deeds Goes to 
Town" (372) ; "The Great Ziegfeld" (345) ; 
"San Francisco" (264); "Dodsworth" (254); 
"The Story of Louis Pasteur" (250); "A 
Tale of Two Cities" (235); "Anthony Ad- 
verse'' (231); "The Green Pastures" (197); 
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (166). Of 
these M-G-M and Warner Bros, produced four 
each; United Artists one, and Columbia one. 
Features gaining honor roll with 100 or more 
votes were "The Magnificent Obsession" of 
Universal (149); "Ah, Wilderness," M-G-M 
H38); "Fury," M-G-M (129) ; "These Three,'' 
UA-Samuel Goldwyn (106); and "My Man 
Godfrey," Universal (101). 

* * * 

M-G-M vice president Al Lichtman dis- 
patched letter to Ed Kuykendall, M.P.T.O.A. 
prexy, stating Loew's position on exhib or- 
ganization's trade practice proposals. Salient 
points in reply were agreement to extend 10 
per cent cancellation privilege on all con- 
tracts where an exhibitor buys all product, 
but refusal by Loew's to drop score charges. 
RKO also granted same cancellation privi- 
lege percentage in its reply. Both approved 
establishment of local boards or grievance 
committees to iron out any disputes arising 
between majors and exhibitors. M.P.T.O.A. 
also set up 12-point program for discussion 
at its convention, March 16-18, and named 
Miami as scene of conclave. 

* * * 

Additional spotlight events included de- 
cision by GB to open its own exchanges 
throughout U. S. as answer to 20th Century- 
Fox's recent declaration that it cannot con- 

tinue to distribute GB releases except those 
made by the British company itself . . . RKO 
will show net profit of about $2,500,000 for 
the 12 months of 1936, the FILM DAILY 
learned from authoritative sources. Company 
had net profit of $1,446,000 for the first 9 
months, up to Sept. 26 last . . . Hollywood 
clicked news Friday of announcement by 
Paramount president, Barney Balaban, that 
company has set aside record sum of $30,- 
000,000 for 1937-38 production budget . . . 
While in New York, Grand National's 
president Edward Alperson revealed his com- 
pany has taken over Educational studio on 
coast under 10-year lease, with all producing 
activities to be concentrated there. 


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1936, as compared with only some 
$17,000,000 in 1935. Past 12 months 
saw five companies organized with 
aggregate capital of $77,500,000. A 
hundred additional companies were 
registered for Odeon Circuit. 

Ernest W. Fredman, managing editor of 
The Daily Film Renter, cabled annual review 
and analysis of English film industry, char- 
acterizing past year as biggest in its history 
as regards general progress, production, 
studio building and activity, exhibitor pros- 
perity and public enthusiasm for screen en- 

* * *. 

London also told of appointment of receiver 

for Twickenham Films, prominent indie com- 
pany headed by Julius Hagen. Liabilities 
are expected to be about $2,500,000. Hagen 
recently completed deal with John Maxwell 
whereby his pix will be distributed by War- 
dour Films . . . June Clyde stricken with 
flu while working on feature, "Intimate Re- 
lations," for Tudor . . . London Films Pro- 
duction suffered loss of $1,650,000 for year 
ended May 2, 1936 . . . Charles Laughton 
and Erich Pommer forming independent; pro- 
ducing company, with annual schedule of 
four, in two of which Laughton will appear. 
Negotiations are reported up with UA for 
U. S. distribution. 

Highlights from Paris included decision 
of Groupe de Defense du Cinema de la 
Cliambre at initial meeting to appeal to 
M. Jean Zay, minister of education, for crea- 
tion of French film bank for state financial 
aid in production of pictures. Project is ex- 
pected to be submitted to French legislative 
branches next month . . . Owing to recent 
devaluation of franc, prices on raw film have 
been increased 30 per cent. For first 11 
months of last year, 13,000,000 meters of 
positive stock were imported. Kodak-Pathe 
factory on outskirts of Paris produced during 
this same span of months 27,000,000 meters 
of raw film. 

Check-up on Canada's consumption of 
product during 1936 showed total reaching 
596 features. Countries of origin of fea- 
tures and short product, were as follows : 
U. S., 524; England and Canada, 35; France, 
111; and independent importations, 25. 


Monday, Jan. 11, 1937 

Portland Projectionists 
and Musicians Name Staffs 

Portland, Me. — Wilbur J. Vachon 
was elected president of the Mo- 
tion Picture Operators' Union. Other 
officers named were: Morris W. 
Eaton, vice president; Leslie S. Way, 
secretary; Earle G. Hamm, treasu- 
rer; Chelsea A. Waldron, business 
agent; Warren Moore, executive of- 
ficer; Selwyn Blanchard, trustee; 
and Irving Robbins, sergeant-at- 

Central Labor Union delegates in- 
cluded Lester M. Bragdon, George 
Bolduc, Vachon, Robbins and John 
A. Russell. Bragdon and Harry W. 
Boynton were elected legislative 

The following officers were elected 
at the annual meeting of the Port- 
land Musicians' Association: Charles 
E. Hicks, president: Edward Gau- 
dreau, vice-president; Merlin Rog- 
ers, Richard Shaw, Selius Jacobson 
and P. J. Storey, members of the 
executive committee; Emil Hybert, 
Joseph Corey, delegates to the Cen- 
tral Labor Union; Frederick Chas- 
son and Louis Fineberg, examining 
board; Howard Crandall, sergeant- 
at-arms and Joseph Gaudreau, trus- 

Duals Gaining Ground in 
Pittsburgh Downtown Area 

Pittsburgh— The doubl" bill situ- 
ation in the downtown area has gain- 
ed considerable ground again, with 
the Alvin and Fulton switching to 
temporary dual picture policies and 
the Palace on Diamond Street aban- 
doning its first-run policv to return 
to its former subsequent run twin 
bill programs. Th» Warner, also 
returns to double bills following the 
current run of Metro's "After the 
Thin Man." 

Roland to Speak in Chi. 

Ralph Roland, vice-president in 
charge of advertising, March of 
Time, Inc., is to make an address 
before the Chicago Scholastic Press 
Guild of 3,000 members on Feb. 20. 
His subject will be "Pictorial Jour- 
nalism," and he will outline the 
method used by March of Time in 
filming its monthly release, which 
is distributed by RKO Radio. The 
editors and reporters of thirty high 
school papers will be present, as 
well as their faculty advisors. 

RKO Takes "Woman Alone" 

Three first-run RKO bookings on 
"The Woman Alone," co-starring 
Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka, 
is announced by GB through George 
W. Weeks, general sales manager. 
Dates are as follows: Palace, Chi- 
cago, Jan. 15; Palace, Columbus, 
Jan. 22 and Palace, Cleveland, Jan. 

"Good Earth" on Jan. 29 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM (DAILY 
Hollywood — "Good Earth" will have 
its world premiere Jan. 29 at the Car- 
thay Circle Theater, Los Angeles. 

Short Shots from Eastern Studios 


PRODUCTION will resume again 
in Educational's quarters at the 
General Service Studios in Astoria, 
where the comedy makers have 
gathered following the year-end 
holiday. Camera work starts to- 
morrow on the first of seven com- 
edies now in preparation for 
shooting. William Watson will di- 
rect the first comedy of the new 
year, which will feature Tim and 
Irene in another of their Wacky 
Family tales, called "The Big Court- 
ship." Al Christie, who spent the 
holidays in Los Angeles, is on the 
way back to New York, where he 
will put the final touches on prepa- 
ration for the next Buster West- 
Tom Patricola comedy, which he will 
start shooting next week. Among 
other stars who will appear in com- 
edies to be produced in the immedi- 
ate future are Bert Lahr, Herman 
Timberg, Jr., Pat Rooney, Jr., James 
Br'erly, Niela Goodelle and Bob 


Tentatively titled "Sportsman's 
Dogs" and covering the training of 
retrievers, a one-reel short for re- 
lease in the "Bill" Corum series by 
RKO, has been completed by Van 
Beuren and is now being edited un- 
der the supervision of Don Hancock. 

Clyde McCoy and his "Sugar 
Blues" orchestra, are now in work 
on their second Vitaphone musical 
film of the current season at the 
company's Brooklyn studios. Fea- 
tured with the band are Wayne 
Gregg, Joan Cavill and Edward and 

Rita Oehlman. The short is being 
directed by Joseph Henabery, and 
will be released in Vitaphone's "Mel- 
ody Masters" band series. 


B. K. Blake, producing the "Court 
of Human Relations" shorts, will 
get under way next week on an- 
other of the series for Columbia 

An M-G-M short titled, "How to 
Figure Income Tax," starring Rob- 
ert Benchley, will go into work to- 
morrow at the General Service Stu- 
dios in Astoria under the direction 
of Felix Feist, Jr. 

Harold McCracken, producing for 
Van Beuren under the supervision 
of Don Hancovk, has started work 
on the short titled "Waterfront," 
showing the human interest side of 
New York's waterfront. The film 
will be released in the "World on 
Parade" series by RKO. 

The Vitaphone musical review, 
yet untitled, which has been in pro- 
duction at the company's Brooklyn 
studios for the past week has been 
completed. Featured in the film are 
a number of popular entertainers, 
including such names as Frank 
Gaby and Co., comedians; Gloria 
Gilbert, toe dancer; Virginia Verrill, 
singer; the Three Swifts, jugglers, 
and the Norsemen quartet. The 
short was directed by Roy Mack and 
will be released in Vitaphone's 
"Broadway Brevity" musical series. 

Com. Dept. Electrical 

Div. Head to Be Named 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Secretary of Com- 
merce Roper at his press conference 
this week will announce the new 
chief of the department's electrical 
division which has supervision over 
motion picture field. 

The position left vacant by An- 
drew Cruse has long been a key 
post in the department and it is 
rumored the secretary will choose 
someone from within the electrical 
industry rather than regular com- 
merce man. 

Solons to See "Black Legion" 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Warners will screen 
"Black Legion" for members of 
Congress and for Department of 
Justice and Secret Service personnel 
on Thursday, the invitations going 
out in the name of Rep. Samuel 

"Enemy" Is Moved 

Pittsburgh — Sam Goldwyn's "Be- 
loved Enemy" was moved from the 
Stanley to Loew's Penn, when the 
Goldwyn office protested against a 
combination policy house for this 


Mrs. Lillian Drew and Mrs. Pau- 
line Horwitz have been appointed 
chairmen of the women's entertain- 
ment committee of the Variety Club 
for the coming year. Next "king" 
luncheon is scheduled for Jan. 18 
with Jane Withers as guest of honor. 

Fred Scheuerman has sold his 
Lucier Theater to Milton Korach. 

Grand National has moved into its 
new offices at 505 Film Building. 

Harry Lande and Nate Gerson, 
operating Independent Film Ser- 
vice have sold the Michigan rights 
for "The Spanish Revolt" to C. A. 
Garner of Detroit. They are retain- 
ing the distribution rights for Ohio, 
Kentucky, West Virginia and west- 
ern Pennsylvania. 

Paul Gusdanovic, local circuit 
owner, is recuperating from a sinus 
operation and expects to leave soon 
for a rest in Arizona. 

Milton Mooney, Vitagraph branch 
manager and Mrs. Mooney are on 
an 18-day cruize to Jamaica. 

"Cloistered" is doing so well at 
the Penn Square Theater that Man- 
ager Al Ahulman has introduced a 
matinee policy during the engage- 
ment which will continue at least 
two weeks. 

'Carnival in Flanders" 

for RKO's Met. Houses 

Joseph Steiner, Sales Manager of 
American Tobis yesterday announc- 
ed closing of a contract with RKO 
circuit whereby "Carnival in Flan- 
ders" has been booked for the 42 
theaters embracing the Metropoli- 
tan area. The picture will open 
simultaneously in 21 RKO theaters, 
including the Palace in late January. 

Steiner also announced the Pacific 
Coast premiere of "Carnival in 
Flanders" will take place late in 
the month at the Four Star The- 
ater in Hollywood. 

Thompson, Richey's Aide, 

Quits to Join Trendle 

Detroit — Dow Thompson, assis- 
tant to Henderson M. Richey, gen- 
eral manager of Allied Theaters of 
Michigan for the past two years, 
has resigned. Thompson goes with 
George W. Trendle's United Detroit 
Theaters, and will be with the 
Michigan Theater organization for 
the time being. 

Loew's Advances B. O. 

Scale in Cleveland, O. 

Cleveland, O. — Loew's Stillman is 
boosting its box office scale from 
25-35 to 30-35-42 cents regularly. 
Latter scale had only prevailed when 
the house played a holdover engage- 
ment of a Loew's State attraction. 

St. Denis, Adjudicator 

Montreal — Michael St. Denis, 
French director, and now managing 
director of the London Theater Stu- 
dio (Le Theater Ecole), has been 
appointed adjudicator for finals of 
1937 Canadian drama festival. He 
is the first Frenchman to have this 
honor during the four-year history 
of the festival. George De Warfai, 
British theatrical and film producer, 
is regional adjudicator. 

Hoshor Opens Offices 

John Hoshor has opened offices at 
110 East 42nd St., to engage in the 
business of motion picture financing. 
Hoshor has a background of 15 
years' Wall St. experience and has 
financed a number of Broadway the- 
atrical productions in the past. 

Handles Chinese Film 

George H. Callaghan will dis- 
tribute James B. Leong's produc- 
tion, "Cavalcade of China", with 
English narrative. 

"Diggers" Leads in Detroit 

Detroit — Warner's "Gold Dig- 
gers of 1937" set a new mark last 
week at the Michigan Theater here. 

Providence Bans Bingo 

Providence, R. I. — After Feb. 1 all 
bingo games will be barred in this city, 
according to an order issued by the Bu- 
reau of Police and Fire. 

Intimate in Charffcter 
International in. Sco 
Independent in 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 


VOL. 71, NO. 9 



Forecast $100,000 1937 Net for Fox Theater Corp. 


Lee to Confer with Kent on GB Distribution Set-up 

Ostrers Return from Florida 

Without Deal, It is 


Arthur A. Lee, GB vice-president 
who returned to New York last 
night with Isidore and Maurice 
Ostrer from Miami, will confer with 
Sidney R. Kent, 20th Century-Fox 
president, within a few days con- 
cerning the arrangements under 
which the American company han- 
dles the physical distribution of the 
GB product in the United States. 

20th Century-Fox recently in- 
dicated it would not continue to 
handle GB releases other than those 

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44 FILMS IN '37-38 

Program of 44 features and eight 
Westerns will be offered by Grand 
National for the reason of 1937-38, 
it was stated yesterday at the com- 
pany's home office in New York. 
This is the same number of produc- 
tions sold for the current year. 

The program will be set up at 
coast conferences to be held in 
March between President Edward 
Alperson, Edward Peskay, general 
sales manager, and Grand National 

Shorter Films or More Story Foreseen by Schulberg 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Motion pictures of the near future will either be half as long as cur- 
rent productions or will contain twice as much story, contends B. P. Schulberg. 
Schulberg asserts his predicted condensation of plot and action is inevitable, due to 
the rapidly increasing sophistication of film fans. 



The Sabath Congressional Com- 
mittee investigating bond defaults 
in the motion picture industry, will 
place the results of its investigation 
of the RKO and Paramount reor- 
ganizations in the hands of Attor- 
ney-General Cummings shortly, The 
Film Daily learned yesterday from 
an official source. 

Pallos Signs Two Writers 
For Korda's London Films 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Stephen Pallos, Alex- 
ander Korda's personal representa- 
tive, now en route to New York 
where he will remain two weeks 

(Continued on Page 4) 

"Florida, Here I Come" 

Miami — The film colony here in- 
creases to grow with almost daily ar- 
rivals from New York and other points. 
Execs vacationing in Florida include: 
Nicholas M. Schenck, N. L. Nathanson, 
Major Albert Warner, William Rodgers, 
Edgar Moss and George E. Price. 

Chi. Wins Bank Night Case 
But Theaters Plan Appeal 

Chicago — The City of Chicago won 
its case yesterday before Judge Gro- 
ver Neimeyer in Superior Court 
against bank nights. Attorney Ed- 
mund Adock, representing 34 the- 
aters fighting the case said his 
clients would carry case to the state 
Supreme Court. The Judge ruled in 
the Iris theater case that it was 
violation of city code and it was un- 

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$200,000 NET PROFIT 

Pathe may show a net profit of 
about $200,000 for its fiscal year 
ended Dec. 31, last, according to au- 
thoritative sources yesterday. The 
amount will be contingent upon the 
further write-off of losses which oc- 
curred in connection with its First 
Division investments. 

Skouras Pays $155,000 

for Academy of Music 

Academy of Music was sold yes- 
terday to Skouras Theaters for 
$155,000 by order of Federal Judge 
Martin T. Manton. Skouras The- 
aters turned in a sealed bid for that 
amount to Fox Theaters Corp., now 
in receivership, owner of the prop- 
erty. Phillips & Nizer, representing 
a client, bid $151,000. 

Skouras Theaters have been op- 
erating the property under lease 
from Fox Theaters. 

Court Extends Fox Corp. Receivership 
For 6 Months/ 5 p. c. Divvy Indicated 

Condor Will Engage Two or 
Three Associate Producers 

Condor Pictures will engage two 
or three associate producers to han- 
dle part of its production schedule 
for next season, it was said yester- 
day by President George Hirliman. 

Definitely scheduled for production 
next season are six Conrad Nagel 
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Fox Theater Corp. showed a net 
profit of about $15,000 for the last 
six months of 1936 and will probably 
show a $100,000 profit in 1937. Mil- 
ton C. Weisman, receiver, yesterday 
informed U. S. Circuit Judge Martin 
T. Manton at a hearing in Federal 

Judge Manton extended the re- 
ceivership for another six months' 
period, indicated that he would order 
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Robin, Dealers Association 

Executive Sec'y, Sees 

Further Gains 

Theater equipment supply busi- 
ness throughout the country was 
about 30 per cent better during 1936 
than in 1935 and indications are that 
trade will continue to improve be- 
cause conditions throughout the na- 
tion are generally better, it was said 
yesterday by J. E. Robin, executive 
secretary of the Independent The- 
ater Supply Dealers' Association. 

Robin said he did not expect a 
great volume of new equipment to 
be sold, but that business would be 
confined to replacements and recon- 


Ed Kuykendall, M. P. T. O. A. 
president, arrives in New York Jan. 
21 to follow up on the trade prac- 
tice proposal situation on which all 
but two major distributors have re- 
plied. While in New York, he is 
expected to confer with Republic 
executives regarding his organiza- 
tion's 10-point program. 

The two majors which have as yet 

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Columbia Pays $200,000 

for Kaufman-Hart Play 

Paying a price reported to be the 
highest ever paid for film rights to 
a stage or fiction property, Colum- 
bia has purchased "You Can't Take 

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Shipp Can "Take It" 

Charlotte, N. C. — Cameron Shipp, film 
editor of the News, can "take it." 

When THE FILM DAILY'S 1936 "Ten 
Best Pictures" poll result revealed that 
Shipp had scored only 40 per cent 
with his ballot, the News critic re- 
ported his own failure in a boxed story 
surrounded by a heavy mourning border. 




Tuesday, Jan. 12,1937 

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Marvin Schenck 

Lew Collins 

Eddie Selzer 

Henry Linet 

Union "Peace" Statement 

to be Released Friday 

Report that an agreement had 
been signed between Local 306 and 
the I. T. O. A. which would end the 
dual union situation in Manhattan 
could not be confirmed yesterday. 
Samuel Lewisohn, chairman of Ma- 
yor La Guardia's committee on in- 
dustrial relations in the m'Ovie field 
which has been working to end the 
dual union situation and the result- 
ing strife, said that a release would 
be sent out on Friday covering the 

Some time back the Mayor's com- 
mittee announced that an agreement 
to end dual unionism in Manhattan 
had been reached with the I. T. O. A. 
Attorneys for Local 306 and the I. 
T. O. A. have since been working 
out details of this agreement. 

55 Family, 14 Mature 

Audience Pix in Dec. 

December brought the release of 
55 pictures classified as for family 
audiences and only 14 listed for ma- 
ture audience consumption, the Na- 
tional Board of Review of Motion 
Pictures announced yesterday. 

For the first week in January, the 
Board of Review listed four "fam- 
ily" films — "Larceny on the Air", 
"Lloyds of London," "The Mighty 
Treve" and "Mind Your Own Busi- 
ness" — and one "mature audience" 
feature — "River of Unrest". 

November Sales Tax in 

Missouri Sets New High 

Jefferson City, Mo. — State sales 
tax collections during November set 
a new monthly high record with 
$1,032,662, State Auditor Forrest 
Smith has announced. It was the 
fourth month in the last seven to 
go over the $1,000,000 mark. For 
eleven months total collections was 
$10,420,217. In November $58,304 
tax returns were filed with the 

Equity May Organize Radio 

A resolution that the Actors' 
Equity Ass'n organize radio per- 
formers was adopted at the January 
discussion meeting of the associa- 
tion and will be referred to the 
Equity Council for action. The Coun- 
cil may act on the resolution at its 
meeting today. 

Mrs. Dennis F. O'Brien Dies 

Mrs. Dennis F. O'Brien, wife of 
the well-known theatrical attorney 
and mother of Ken O'Brien of the 
United Artists publicity depart- 
ment, died yesterday at her home 
in Yonkers. 

J. Archibald Dead 

San Francisco — J. Archibald, 
treasurer for Golden State Theater 
Circuit, died following a relapse 
after a recent operation. 

McKenzie Funeral Rites 

To be Held in Indiana 

Funeral services for Mrs. Ina 
Beattie McKenzie, wife of Mau- 
rice McKenzie, executive assistant 
to Will H. Hays, will be held today 
at Crown Point, Ind., where burial 
will take place. She died Sunday 
afternoon after a long illness at 
Harbor Sanitarium, New York City. 
Mrs. McKenzie was born 54 years 
ago in Lake County, Ind., and re- 
sided at Stamford, Conn. 

New Theatical Union Due 
for Repudiation by Lewis 

John L. Lewis, head of the C.I.O.. 
will repudiate any association with 
the United Theatrical and Motion 
Picture Workers of America, newly 
formed organization which has been 
advocating one industrial union for 
the entire theatrical field er.d indi- 
cating that it was connected with 
the C.I.O., The Film Daily is ad- 

Lewis's statement, to be issued to- 
day in Washington, will state that 
he has the friendliest feelings for 
the unions in the theatrical field and 
has no intention of hurting them. 

"One in a Million" Sets 

11 -Day Record for Roxy 

A new 11-day attendance record 
for the Roxy theater, under its pres- 
ent management, has been estab- 
lished by "One in a Million," it was 
stated at 20th Century-Fox yester- 
day. Total of 257,000 customers saw 
the attraction during that period, it 
was announced. Picture begins its 
third week Friday. 

Adventure Pictures Will 
Make 8 Features on Coast 

Adventure Pictures is planning to 
make eight features at the coast. 
Herman B. Freedman, executive of 
the company, leaves New York Jan. 
20 for Hollywood for production con- 
ferences and also to arrange for stu- 
dio facilities and players. 

Legislative Problems to 
Be Talked by Neb. MPTOA 

Omaha — President C. E. Wil- 
liams has called M. P. T. O. of 
Nebraska and western Iowa into a 
special meeting at Hotel Loyal in 
Omaha, today, following a mail can- 
vass of members in which 50 per 
cent indicated they would attend. 
The meeting will discuss special 
problems which might arise during 
the current legislative session. 

Otto Anders Dead 

Cudahy, Wis. — Otto Anders, 70, 
pioneer Wisconsin exhibitor and for 
the past two years manager of the 
Majestic and Cudahy theaters here, 
died in a local hospital. 

Coming and Going 

NED E. DEPINET, vice president in charge 
of distribution for RKO Radio Pictures, and 
JULES LEVY, general sales manager, left New 
York yesterday for the coast to confer with 
president Leo Spitz, and S. J. Briskin, vice 
president in charge of production. 

ED KUYKENDALL is due in New York Jan. 
21 after a stopover at Washington to attend | 
the inauguration. 

HERBERT EBENSTEIN, of Stebbins, Leterman I 
and Gates and the Ebenstein Corporation, New I 
York, is in Hollywood on a business trip. 

WILLIAM SCULLY, assistant to Director Roy 
del Ruth, is in town from the coast for a short I 

JACK SKIRBALL returned to New York yes- 
terday from Florida. 

A. LEE last night returned to New York from 1 

JUNE CLAYWORTH has arrived in New York 
from Hollywood with plans for doing a play. 

ARTHUR ISRAEL returns to New York today 
from a trip to Havana. 

CHARLES E. (Chick) LEWIS, who is now in 
Hollywood, returns to New York next week. 

REGIS TOOMEY has gone to the coast from 
New York after a stopover at Pittsburgh. 

HERMAN B. FREEDMAN leaves New York 
Jan. 20 for Hollywood. 

NICHOLAS M. SCHENCK, now at Miami, re- 
turns to New York about Feb. 1. 

MONTY BANKS left New York yesterday 
for Hollywood. 

S. CHARLES EINFELD, director of advertis- 
ing and publicity for Warner Bros. -First Na- 
tional Pictures, left yesterday by train for 
Hollywood, for a series of conferences with 
Jack L. and Harry M. Warner. He will be 
away for about three weeks. 

CHARLES B. PAYNE, treasurer of Universal, 
returned to his desk at the home office yes- 
terday following an attack of influenza which 
confined him to his home at New Rochelle. j 

BEULAH LIVINGSTONE, Universal publicist 
and assistant to Paul Gulick, left New York 
yesterday for Albany. She leaves there tonighi 
for Toronto and Chicago to effectuate tie-up; 
on "Three Smart Girls," the U feature which I 
opens in both cities, Jan. 22. 

AL CHRISTIE returns to New York f ron I 
his holiday visit to Los Angeles this morning | 

MAX ALEXANDER returned yesterday tc 
Hollywood where he will produce four fea 
tures for Grand National. 

GEORGE GERHARD of the RKO Radio pub 
licity department, left yesterday on a six- 
week tour through the South to personals 
contact newspaper editors. Gerhard will sto[ 
first in Washington for the opening of "Plougl 
and the Stars" on Jan. 14 at the Capital The 

IRVING BERLIN, who has been vacationing 
in New York since completing work on "Oi 
the Avenue" for 20th Century-Fox, left yes, 
terday afternoon for Hollywood to immediatelv 
start work on "Alexander's Rag Time Band." , 

Smoky, Claudette Colbert's French 
poodle, likes to stay on the set when 
his mistress is working.— PARAMOUNT 


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a 5 per cent dividend shortly and 
commented that the company had 
been in receivership for a long time 
and that he would like to see it re- 
organized and taken out of court. 

Weisman said he considered it his 
duty to see that a reorganization 
took place and that he would be 
glad to assist in bringing about that 
end. Gustavus Rogers, counsel for 
the Fox Theaters stockholders' com- 
mittee, has been working on a re- 
organization plan for some time. 

Expected Ed Kuykendall 

to Talk with Republic 

(Continued from Page 1) 

not announced their position on the 
M. P. T. 0. A. proposals are Para- 
mount and Columbia. Replies are 
also pending from GB, in addition to 

En route to New York from his 
home at Columbus, Miss., Kuyken- 
dall will stop at Washington to at- 
tend the inauguration and to ap- 
praise the situation in Congress. 

Pallos Signs Two Writers 
For Korda's London Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 

before sailing for England, has 
signed Oliver H. P. Garrett and Les- 
ter Cohen, writers, for London 
Films. Other deals for artists are 

Pallos arranged the Hollywood 
preview of "Fire Over England," 
which William K. Howard directed. 
In addition to "Fire Over England," 
Pallos declared his company expects 
big results in the United States 
from "Night Without Armour," co- 
starring Marlene Dietrich and Rob- 
art Donat; "Elephant Boy," a Kip- 
ling story, "Men Are Not Gods," 
starring Miriam Hopkins, and "I 
Claudius," co - starring Charles 
Laughton and Merle Oberon. 

Yetta Blank Dead 

Boston — Yetta Blank, E. M. 
Loew's sister, died at the Beth 
Israel Hospital following a pro- 
longed illness. Funeral services 
were held in Dorchester. 




305,000,000 persons visited German 
movie theaters in 1935-36 — 48,000,000 
less than in the peak year of 1928. 


• • • THE ECHOES of the Film Daily Ten Best annual 
poll are coming in from all quarters the newspaper critics 
who handled local polls in conjunction with the master poll re- 
port more enthusiasm and a greater number of fans participat- 
ing than ever before here are just two local polls selected 

for illustration of the fact that motion picture fans everywhere 
are avid for an opportunity to name what they deem the leading 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • THE THEATER editor of the Chillicothe (Ohio) 

News- Advertiser Alvin C. Zurcher reports that 1500 

local film fans voted for the Ten Best based on the Film Daily 

list eighteen of them picked nine, and fifty-eight scored 

with eight which is some close picking the news- 
paper printed a ballot sheet containing the list of pictures to 
be voted upon for the use of the three local theaters, in addition 

to the ballots printed in the paper Editor Zurcher states 

that not only was the circulation dep't of his paper highly 
pleased with results, but that the local theater managers agreed 
"it was excellent promotional advertising at practically no ex- 

T T T 

• • • UP IN Bridgeport, Conn Editor Leo Miller 

reports this was the fourth annual participation in the poll of 

the Herald and it pulled 1,767 entries "from every city 

and town in Connecticut and outside-state area ranging from 
Portland, Maine, to Benton, Arkansas, and even the Canal Zone." 

the winner of the contest, who scored the first nine in 

the exact order of the Film Daily poll, gets a free trip to New 
York with a companion, seeing the shows and de luxe hotel ac- 
commodations ...... Editor Miller states the contest has dou- 
bled the entries since starting the poll four years ago 

and everybody concerned was delighted with results 

T T T 

• • • THE CHILDRENS' show at the Missouri theater 
in St. Louis every Saturday morn is proving highly success- 
ful according to Fanchon & Marco with these mod- 
ern conveniences free telephone service five matrons 

to look after the smaller children free checking service 

for bicycles and roller skates two additional drinking 

fountains and a personal time announcement at 12:30 p.m. 

at the close of the special morning show 

T T T 

• • • THE ACTORS Fund benefit show to be held 

Sunday nite at the New Amsterdam theater is the last 

that Daniel Frohman will direct the 85-year old president 

has gone ahead in spite of his doctor's orders, and lined up a 
great talent show including John Gielgud, Gertrude Lawr- 

ence, Noel Coward, Vinton Freedley and stars of "Red, Hot and 
Blue," Walter Huston, Nan Sunderland, Brian Aherne, Blanche 
Yurka, Vincent Price, Norma Terris, Rex O'Malley, Joe Laurie 
and his "Memory Lane" troupe, recalling the great days of 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • ON THE marquee of the Omaha theater in that 
city appeared the legend "Bank Night" "One In a Mil- 
lion" but the percentage against a patron winning the co- 
op bank night draw is said to be only 150,000 to 1 (there 

being that many registered) 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • WHEN THE run of "White Horse Inn" is completed 

Buster West, featured as dancer-comedian, will be starred 

in a feature-length comedy by Educational Buster starts 

work this week in a new series of two-reelers at the Longisle 
studios for the company ... • Following a preview of "Brok- 
en Blossoms," this afternoon at the Belmont Theater, there 
will be cocktails and what-nots 

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Tuesday, Jan. 12,1937 


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made by the English company it- 
self. The Ostrers' organization has 
contracted to distribute a number 
of B.I.P. pictures produced by John 
Maxwell and also several Herbert 
Wilcox productions. GB officials 
later stated in Florida that they 
contemplated opening their own ex- 
change in this country. 

"We must deliver our program to 
exhibitors to our commit- 
ment, ' Lee said last night. "If this 
cannot be accomplished under pres- 
ent arrangements, we will have to 
open our own exchanges." Lee 
further stated the exchanges could 
be placed in operation within three 

Isidore Ostrer declined to state 
whether or not he had conferred 
with Nicholas M. Schenck at Miami, 
but it is understood from authori- 
tative sources that he met with the 
Loew president but no deal of any 
sort was made. Ostrer described 
his trip as "a short rest" and said 
he and his brother Maurice are sail- 
ing for England on the Aquitania 
tomorrow. He declared that his 
company's relations with 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox as regards physical dis- 
tribution arrangements are un- 

A. C. Blumenthal, who is under- 
stood to have figured importantly 
in setting up the deal under which 
20th Century-Fox and Loew's were 
to buy the Ostrers' control of GB 
but which so far has failed of con- 
summation, met the party at the 
Pennsylvania station. 

Columbia Pays $200,000 

for Kaufman-Hart Play 

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It With You", Sam Harris' current 
George Kaufman-Moss Hart hit, for 
filming. The deal, understood to in- 
volve approximately $200,000, was 
made in the face of intensive com- 
petitive bidding on the part of other 
film outfits. Under the agreement 
the picture will not be released un- 
til the spring of 1938 in order not 
to conflict with the theatrical pro- 



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stunt or a flash promotion, it works every month right 
through the school year. Film Daily calls it — "clear cut and 
practical ... a guarantee of greatly increased patronage." 
These cards are in a manual that is of box-office interest to 
every exhibitor. Thousands have already been distributed. 
If you haven't received a copy call your nearest RKO ex- 
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with Noah Beery, Jr., Barbara Read, 

Samuel S. Hinds, Hobart Cavanaugh 


Universal 68 mins. 


Possessing the same type of human simple 
qualities that made "Stormy" such a fine 
picture, "The Mighty Treve" is a grand 
dog picture, which should go over big with 
the family type of audiences. It is a show 
that dog lovers, both kids and grownups, 
shouldn't miss, for the shepherd dog Tuffy, 
who plays Treve, does everything but talk. 
The love between Treve and his master, 
Noah Beery, Jr., is a beautiful thing, which 
at times sways one's emotions. A lot of 
excitement has been injected into the 
proceedings by having Treve fight a moun- 
tain cougar, and also by having him herd a 
flock of sheep, a job on which the men 
were having trouble. Noah Beery, Jr. is a 
lovable character as the fine simple soul 
who owns the dog. Much credit is due 
Lewis D. Collins for his direction. He has 
done a remarkable job with the dog and 
has handled the whole piece with fine 
sincere feeling. In his hands things move 
at a good fast pace and suspense is well 
sustained. The original story was by Albert 
Payson Terhune, and Albert Perkins, Marcus 
Goodrich and Charles Grayson made it into 
a screenplay. Their job is a highly com- 
mendable one, and they have wisely allowed 
the dog to carry most of the situations. 
The locations used were well chosen and 
Jerome Ash has photographed them beauti- 
fully. The picture is completely an outdoor 
drama and in every phase Val Paul, as asso- 
ciate producer, has provided first-rate pro- 
duction. The animal scenes are massive and 
the photography gives the lay-out magni- 
tude. In the cast besides the dog and 
Beery, Jr. the important players all of 
whom do very well are Barbara Read, Samuel 
Hinds, Hobart Cavanaugh and Spencer Char- 
ters. Noah Beery, Jr., his horse and parrot, 
and Treve meet Barbara Read, who takes 
them in. Her uncle, Sam Hinds, despises 
dogs, but in the course of time Treve wins 
his affection. Noah enters his dog in the 
county fair dog show where after winning, 
conditions arise to separate the dog from 
his master. Sheep are being killed off by 
a three-legged animal, and when Treve 
wanders in with a wounded foot, the herd- 
ers want to shoot him, thinking he is the 
killer. It is discovered that the killer is 
a wolf and that Treve has killed him and 
that his leg was injured in the battle. 

Cast: Noah Beery, Jr., Barbara Read, 
Samuel S. Hinds, Hobart Cavanaugh, Alma 
Kruger, Julian Rivero, Edmund Cobb, Erville 
Alderson, Guy Usher, Spencer Charters, 

Associate Producer, Val Paul; Director, 
Lewis D. Collins; Author, Albert Payson 
Terhune; Screenplay, Albert R. Perkins, 
Marcus Goodrich, Charles Grayson ; "Camera- 
man, Jerome Ash; Editor, Philip Cahn. 

Direction, Excellent. Photography, Excel- 


with Ralph Bellamy, Joan Perry, 

Douglass Dumbrille 

Columbia 60 mins. 


There is strong similarity in plot struc- 
ture between this crook melodrama of the 
teeming city, and the melodramas of the 
great open spaces entitled "westerns". In- 
stead of bandits with their elongated six- 
shooters and ten-gallon hats, there are suave 
guys and hard guys who deal in "hot" 
jewels and tote the stubby, modern auto- 
matics; and instead of fleet-footed steeds 
of the prairie lands, there are high-powered 
autos and buses supplying the transporta- 
tion for the hair-raising chases. Patrons 
partial to action, mystery and skillful sleuth- 
ing will find this feature a tasty dish, well- 
conceived in its story by Harold Shumate, 
and its screenplay by Tom Van Dycke. It 
is best suited for the dual programs, and 
single featuring in the secondary spots. 
There is sustained pace virtually from the 
opening scene which finds Joan Perry 
ostensibly shopping for diamonds. Her de- 
mand to see the best stones is followed by 
her concealing the "Blue Marquee" diamond 
in a wad of chewing gum, and sticking it 
beneath the display counter. She gets off 
with the gem despite the calling of the 
cops. The dealer in "hot" stones gives 
the job of recovering the missing rock to 
a shady-character detective who pursues the 
pretty "thief. Naturally, this is the love 
interest, for there is a mutual losing of 
hearts. The audience is led to believe 
until well toward the finale that each of the 
enamoured is anything but morally sub- 
stantial. However the adonis detective, 
Ralph Bellamy, turns out to be the white 
haired boy of the Jewelers Protective Asso- 
ciation (their prize Sherlock Holmes), and 
Joan Perry the daughter of a jeweler from 
whom the "Blue Marquee" was stolen. 

Cast: Ralph Bellamy, Joan Perry, Douglass 
Dumbrille, George McKay, Gene Morgan, 
Henry Mollinson, John Tyrrell, Max Hoff- 
man, Jr., Edward Le Saint, John Harrington. 

Director, D. Ross Lederman; Author, 
Harold Shumate; Screenplay, Tom Van 
Dycke; Cameraman, Allen G Siegler; Editor, 
James Sweeney. 

Direction, Good Photography, Good. 


"TRAS LA REJA" ("Behind The Bars"), 
Spanish dialogue film made in Mexico; an 
Oasis production; written and directed by 
Jorge M. Dada, with Antonio Liceaga, Luis 
Casero, Carmen Hermosillo, et al, in cast. 
Presented at Teatro Cervantes. 

Ranking with better contemporary Mexi- 
can features, this story of the persecution 
of a youth, wrongfully accused of the mis- 
deeds of his banker employer, is highly 
emotional entertainment. The honor of the 
family name is dramatically restored after 
the boy is subjected to a term in the morale- 
shattering reformatory. Antonio Liceaga 
plays the role of the youth up to his dis- 
charge from the institution, — and Luis 
Casero has the part thereafter. Former 
again impresses as outstanding juvenile 
screen performer below Rio Grande. 


Arthur Mayer-Jos. Burstyn 74 mins. 


A very unusual subject, but holding fine 
entertainment qualities in the presentation 
of a man with a split personality who 
works his way back to a normal condition. 
The locale is in a hospital in Basle, Switzer- 
land, where the film itself was produced 
with a Viennese and German cast. Dialogue 
in German, with English superimposed titles, 
which make the action readily understand- 
able. A young doctor with an antitoxin for 
meningitis uses it on a patient against the 
orders of the Herr Professor, head of the 
hospital. The patient dies. Later an autopsy 
proves the patient died from an embolism, 
and that the serum would have cured him 
otherwise. Meanwhile the young doctor, 
driven desperate by what he thinks the 
failure of his serum, wanders into the city, 
attempts to drown himself, is rescued, and 
when he comes to he has lost his identity. 
It takes the form of a split personality. 
Then the problem of the other doctors is 
to bring him back to normal, as he is the 
only one who possesses the secret of the 
valuable antitoxin. The photographic effects 
depicting the hallucinations and delusions 
of the unbalanced mind as the young doctor 
wanders in a half-world of his own is 
tremendously effective and gripping. Beau- 
tifully done, and stands alone in a new 
field Of thought-projection on the screen. 
Mathias Wieman as the young doctor is 
superb, giving a powerful performance. The 
direction of Werner Hochbaum is expert. 
A fine symbolic score is played by the 
Vienna Philharmonic Society. 

Cast: Peter Peterson, Mathias Wieman, 
Olga Tschechowa, Tom Kraa, Thekla 
Ahrens, F.ranz Schafheitlin. 

Producer, Progress Films; Director, Werner 
Hochbaum; Author, Leo Lapaire; Screenplay, 
Same; Art Direction, Hans Jakoby; Camera- 
man, Oscar Schnirch. 

Direction, Expert. Photography, Excellent. 


with Donald Cook and Judith Allen 
Republic 61 mins. 


Producer Nat Levine has turned out in 
this feature a crisp, clear and exciting yarn 
of politics and newspaperdom. Although 
adhering rather closely to the general for- 
mula for this type of story, there are fre- 
quent occasions when originality is apparent 
and thrills crop up in dramatic style. Donald 
Cook, a young lawyer, is running for dis- 
trict attorney with the backing of a power- 
ful newspaper. His candidacy alarms a 
rival boss who calls in a blackmailer to 
"get something" on Cook. The editor of 
the paper supporting the clean-living young 
lawyer assigns an ace staff writer, Judith 
Allen, to help Cook win the women's vote. 
Unfortunately she is separated from her 
husband, and the blackmailer and his co- 
horts frame a meeting at night between 
her and the prospective district attorney. 
Cameras click from ambush, and a scandal 
is threatened which is sure to defeat Cook 
at the polls. In a hair-raising fight at 
the climax, one of the blackmailer's hench- 

James Melton and Patricia Ellis in 


with Marie Wilson, Fred Keating, 

Dick Purcell, Winifred Shaw 


Warner Bros. 60 mins. 


This is a satisfying program offering and 
it has been well directed by Louis King. 
James Melton, Patricia Ellis and Wini Shaw 
are the songsters in the picture, with Melton 
offering two entertaining numbers, "Sep- 
tember In The Rain" and "Melody For Two", 
by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. "Jose 
O'Neill, the Cuban Heel", sung by Wini, 
and written by M. K. Jerome and Jack 
Scholl, is a snappy, catchy number. Jerome 
and Scholl also contributed "A Flat In 
Manhattan", sung by Patricia, and "An 
Excuse For Dancing". The comedy touches 
are good, with Marie Wilson, Fred Keating 
and Charles Foy responsible for the fun- 
making. Melton, a band leader in a class 
spot, has a quarrel with his sweetheart, 
Patricia, when he learns she sponsored 
musical numbers written by Dick Purcell, 
whom he discharged. Melton runs out on 
his contract with Craig Reynolds, manager 
of the club, because Reynolds paid Purcell. 
Reynolds succeeds in barring Melton from 
working in class spots. Melton finally lands 
an engagement with the Green Mill, at 
cheap place, introduces swing music and 
is soon attracting the big spenders. Patricia 
leads band at Reynolds club, but after 
some complications, she and Melton are 

Cast: James Melton, Patricia Ellis, Marie: 
Wilson, Fred Keating, Dick Purcell, Wini-. 
fred Shaw, Craig Reynolds, Charles Foy, 
Gordon Elliott, Eddie Anderson, Eddie Kane, 
Gordon Hart, Harry Hayden, and Billie, 
Jack and Donald O'Connor. 

Associate Producer, Bryan Foy; Director 
Louis King; Author, Richard Macaulay; 
Screenplay, George Bricker, Lucie Ward anq 
Joseph K. Watson; Cameraman, Arthur 
Todd; Editor, Jack Saper; Music and Lyrics: 
Harry Warren and Al Dubin, M. K. Jerome 
and Jack Scholl; Music Director, Leo F. 

Direction, Okay. Photography, Good. 

men who has attacked the harassed can- 
didate is sent headlong down an elevatoi 
shaft. The husband of the girl is found 
murdered by the scoundrels leaving the 
way clear for a romantic, happy ending 
The ruthless boss and the blackmailers are 
trapped by the police, and Cook is elected 
to office and in turn elects to marry comely 
Judith Allen. Irving Pichel's direction i< 
top-flight; photography by William Noble; 
capable; and the performances by prin- 
cipals and supporting players zestful. Pic- 
ture will appeal both to men and womer 

Cast: Donald Cook, Judith Allen, George 
Meeker, Goodee Montgomery, Russell Hop 
ton, William Newell, Dwight Frye, Thorna: 
Jackson, Josephine Whittell, Williarr 
Crowell, Robert Strange, Robert Emmet; 
Keane, Eric Wilton, Phil Dunham. 

Producer, Nat Levine; Director, Irving l 
Pichel; Screenplay, L. C. Dublin; Camera 
man, William Nobles; Editor, Ernest Nimsj 

Direction, Top-flight. Photography, Capable 



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T EW POLLACK and Sidney D. 
■^ Mitchell are rapidly becoming 
the songwriting laureates of the 
United States and Canada. 

Having just completed "Like Five 
Little Peas In A Pod," dedicated to 
the Dionne Quintuplets, at the re- 
quest of David Kroll, Canadian Min- 
ister of Pubilc Welfare, guardian 
of the quintet, the tunesters have 
now, at the request of the Demo- 
cratic National Committee, turned 
out a special number, "The New- 
Deal Marches On," for President 
Roosevelt's re-inauguration Jan. 20. 

The piece will be played by the 
United State Marine Band both in 
march and waltz time at the inaug- 
uration ceremonies. 

T T T 

Casting assignments: 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox: Bill Robinson, "Cafe 
Metropole"; Slim Summerville and 
Donald Meek, "Fifty Roads to 
Town"; Universal: William Gargan, 
"Wings Over Honolulu"; Frank M. 
Thomas, George Irving and Philip 
Huston, "Wings of Mercy." Grand 
National; Rita Cansino, "Trouble 
in Texas." 

T ▼ ▼ 

Purchase of an original news- 
paper story, "Get It First," by 
Harry Hirshfield, well known news- 
paperman, columnist and cartoonist, 
has been announced by Warners. 
Craig Reynolds, will be featured in 


• • 

• • 

Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 2 5 

PANDRO S. BERMAN. Brilliant young showman who grew up with industry 
to become one of its ace producers. Started as assistant director at FBO, 
just out of high school. Became film editor, then head of cutting department. 

Has remained associated with RKO Radio, suc- 
cessor to FBO. Was executive assistant to three 
studio production chiefs, William LeBaron, David 
0. Selznick and Merian C. Cooper. Turned to 
producing during Cooper regime. Has had re- 
markable list of outstanding successes. Devel- 
oped Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers into 
screen's greatest money-making team at produc- 
tion helm of their musicals. Brought Katharine 
Hepburn to peak of fame. Introduced Lily Pons, 
among others, to screen. Successes range from 
musicals to heavy drama. One of the Holly- 
wood colony's best tennis players. Has shared 
doubles title of motion picture championships. 
Hair, dark brown; eyes, brown. Height, 5, 8. 

the production, which is promised 
as a "different newspaper story," 
in which authentic city room and 
reportoriai atmosphere will be re- 

T T V 

New contracts: Ben Weldon, with 
Warners; Onslow Stevens, with 
RKO Radio; John Monk Saunders, 
with 20th Century-Fox. 

▼ ▼ ▼ 
E. B. Derr, producing the series of 
Tom Keene historical westerns, has 
signed Abe Meyer as supervisor of 

music of current production, "Drums 
of Destiny." Meyer served in same 
capacity on "Battle of Greed" re- 
cently completed with Keene in star- 
ring role, t t t 

New contracts have just been 
given by S. J. Briskin, vice president 
in charge of production at RKO 
Radio, to J. Robert Bren, writer, 
Ray Mayer, character actor, and to 
Joseph Lerner, co-director. 

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Marc Lawrence, Helen Lowell and 
George McKay, have been as- 

signed to "Racketeers In Exile," 
the Harry Sauber story, which Erie 
Kenton is directing for Columbia 
Pictures. The leading roles for this 
comedy-drama are being played by 
George Bancroft, Evelyn Venable, 
Wynne Gibson and John Gallaudet. 

T T T 

Cecelia Callejo, spotted by Robert 
Presnell, who will produce "Delay 
In The Sun" for Universal, and Dan 
Kelley, "IPs" casting director, as she 
attended a performance of the Ballet 
Espanol in Los Angeles, may get 
one of the top spots in "Sun." She's 
being tested for the role with Louis 
Hayward, the likely juvenile lead, 
v v T 

Universal has decided upon "Good- 
bye Broadway" as the releasing 
title for George Jessel's first pic- 
ture for Universal. Jessel will pro- 
duce the picture but probably will 
not act in it. "Goodbye Broadway" 
is a story by William Rankin and 
Eleanor Griffin, who also wrote the 
McCall serial, "Class Prophecy," 
now in production at Universal 
City. It is the story of an unusual 
Broadway star and an unusual 
Broadway press agent. The screen- 
play is by Charles Grayson and 
Jerome Chodorov. Alice Brady and 
Charles Winninger are the only 
players so far cast. 

T V ▼ 

Karloff has the flu, holding up 
"Night Key" for at least a week at 
Universal City. 

H. M. Richey Installed 

as Variety Club Prexy 

Detroit — Formal installation of 
Henderson M. Richey as president 
of Detroit Variety Club took place 
at the annual banquet at the Book- 
Cadillac Hotel last night, with John 
Harris, of Harris Theaters, _ Pitts- 
burgh, as master of ceremonies. 

Richey announced a new program 
for the club as follows: Monday 
noonday luncheon at the Book-Cadil- 
lac; Wednesday bridge parties for 
wives of the members; monthly eve- 
ning meetings of the entire club; 
enlargement of headquarters at the 
Book-Cadillac Hotel; reduction of 
prices; change of the annual ball 
from spring to fall, with Nov. 6 as 
the date; a spring costume party; 
acquisition of a truck to handle the 
portable equipment used for special 
charity shows for children in hos- 
pitals and other institutions. 

Arnold, Brennan Honored 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM (DAILY 
Hollywood — Members of the Screen 
Actors Guild voted Edward Arnold's 
work in "Come and Get It" the best 
performance for November, while the 
award for the best performance by a 
supporting player went to Walter Bren- 
nan, who appeared in the same pic- 
ture. This is the first time that honors 
went to a star and supporting player 
appearing in the same picture. 

Chi. Wins Bank Night Case 
But Theaters Plan Appeal 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

necessary to decide whether bank 
nights were lotteries within the 
meaning of state gaming law. He 
dissolved the Iris theater tempo- 
rary injunction. It is reported that 
most of the houses will suspend 
bank nights until the case is decided 
by higher courts. 

San Francisco — Controversy as to 
whether or not Bank Nights were 
lotteries in violation of law, brought 
two written opinions by State At- 
torney General Webb condemning 
their operation. 

Omaha — Breaking up what they 
described as a variation of the pol- 
icy game, police have arrested two 
men here for selling so-called "bank 
night insurance" tickets through use 
of field agents. One man owns a 
small neighborhood house unaffil- 
iated with the co-operative bank 
night weekly drawing; the other is 
from out of town. 

Irvin Levin, attorney for Affiliated 
Enterprises of Denver, bank night 
copyright owners, turned evidence 
over to the police which led to the 
arrests. The county attorney's of- 
fice has taken over the case. 

Redwood City, Cal. — Declaring 
that Bank Night Ten-O-Win and 

Spearing Rites Today 

Funeral services for James 0. 
Spearing, 49, who died of pneumonia 
Saturday morning at his New York 
home, 14 Sutton Place, will be held 
today at 1 p.m. at the Church of 
the Incarnation, 35th Street and 
Madison Avenue. He worked as 
scenarist for both Universal and 
Paramount for three years begin- 
ning in 1923. At time of death he 
was automobile editor of The New 
York Times, and former motion pic- 
ture editor for that newspaper. 

other types of giveaways do not 
constitute breach of local anti-lot- 
tery laws, Albert Mansfield, city at- 
torney of Redwood City, presented 
a formal opinion to the city council. 

Statement will probably dispel the 
threats of Publisher J. C. Chastain, 
who asked grand jury indictments 
against all Redwood City ranking 
officials unless immediate action was 
taken banning lottery games in lo- 
cal theaters. 

Mansfield based his opinion on 
two facts, first: "the games are re- 
moved from the lottery type because 
it is not necessary to buy anything 
extra at the theaters to participate," 
and secondly, "the legal point that 
since violation of the state anti-lot- 
tery laws have been charged, any 
complaints ought properly to be 
made, and action taken, through the 
office of the district, not the city 

Condor Will Engage Two or 
Three Associate Producers 

(Continued from Page 1) 

features, six Hirlicolor features, six !j 
Ken Maynard westerns. The rest of 
the production schedule will be 
worked out in conferences to be held 
here in the next few days. M. H. 
Hoffman will probably make eight 
pictures for the company, Hirliman :| 

Hirliman still has nine pictures to 
produce for Condor on his current 
schedule. These include four George 
O'Brien films, two with Conrad Na- | 
gel and three in Hirlicolor. 

"U" Signs Jimmy Savo 

Universal has signed Jimmie Savo 
under a term contract arranged by 
A. & S. Lyons. His first assign- 
ment is expected to be "Hippo- 
drome." Savo, who is now in Lon- 
don, returns to this country in four 

W. B. Sign Hopper's Son 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM (DAILY 
Hollywood — William Hopper, actual- 
ly William De Wolf Hopper and the 
son of the late De Wolf Hopper of 
stage fame, has been signed to a long- 
term Warner Bros. -First National con- 
tract and will play the juvenile lead in 
"Steel Highway," original by Luci Ward 
and Jo Graham. 





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NCIP Studies Formation of Forum Council for Film Industry 


United Artists Theaters Report $167,845 for Year 

* Figure Compares With Loss 
of $58,399 for Year 

United Artists Theater Circuit 
shows a net profit of $167,845 for 
the year ended Aug. 31, last, it was 
announced yesterday. This com- 
pares with a loss of $58,399 for the 
previous year. 

There are 30,000 shares of pre- 
ferred stock outstanding at the pres- 
ent time. 


Although its program is not as 
yet definitely set, Educational may 
have a total of 143 reels on its 1937- 
38 list. Lineup, in this event, will 
comprise the same number of reels 
as its current season's program, 
which provides 42 two-reelers and 
58 single reels. President E. W. 
Hammons will lay out the program 
late in March or early in April. 

Jack Barnstyn Elected 

Grand National Vice-Prexy 

Jack Barnstyn, head of Grand 
National's foreign department, yes- 
terday was elected vice-president in 
charge of foreign distribution at a 
meeting of the company's board of 
directors. Barnstyn leaves New 
York tomorrow on the Aquitania to 
set up foreign deals on distribution 
of GN product. 

General Pictures Ups 

Budget to $1,850,000 

Fenn Kimball, president of Gen- 
eral Pictures Corporation, and Rob- 
ert E. Welsh, vice-president in 
charge of production, after sizing 
up the stories set for filming, have 
agreed to boost the 1937-38 produc- 
tion budget to $1,850,000. 

Present plans are for one picture 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Ear- Muff Relief is Rushed to "Frozen" Californians 

Basking, or whatever Hollywood press agents do, in the moderate climate of New 
York City, Tom Bailey of Loew's has bought two dozen pair of ear-muffs at Macy's 
to send in individual boxes to his pals back home on the "frozen" coast of California. 

Korda to Spend 9 Million on Own Pix; 
London Films Budget at $21,000,000 

With a total of $21,000,000 to be 
spent on production at London Films' 
Denham studio in England, Alexan- 
der Korda plans to expend more than 
$9,000,000 on his own productions 
which are distributed throughout the 
world by United Artists, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. 

The Korda schedule for 1937-38 
will include the following pictures, 
"Revolt in the Desert," in connec- 
tion with which a company leaves 
for Trans-Jordania, under direction 

of Zoltan Korda, this week, to make 
the spectacle in color; "Nijinsky", 
"Victoria", production starring 
Merle Oberon; Robert Donat star- 
ring vehicle; "Action for Slander" 
by Mary Borden and "The Interna- 
tional Quartette," by J. B. Priestly. 
Currently in work are the follow- 
ing Korda productions; "Knight 
Without Armor," "Elephant Boy," 
and "Troopship." He has completed 
and has ready for release "Men Are 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Sears Plans Series of Trips to Major Circuits 

Gradwell L. Sears, Warners' vice 
president and general sales man- 
ager, will make a series of busi- 
ness trips over the country to con- 
tact the more important circuit ac- 
counts, it was announced yesterday. 

Merchandising plans for these fea- 
tures as well as the most advantage- 
ous playdates from exhibition and 
distribution angles will be discussed 

by Sears with the major circuit 
heads on these periodic swings. The 
Warner executive plans to leave on 
the first of these trips in a couple 
of weeks to outline distribution 
plans for such impending features 
from his company as "Black Leg- 
ion", "Stolen Holiday", "The Great 
O'Malley", "Green Light", and 
"Penrod and Sam". 

Forum Council for Film Industry 

Is Objective of NCIP Investigation 

Hollywood Story Demand 

Said at All-Time Peak 

Demand for material from Holly- 
wood is at an all-time peak with 
front-page stories especially sought 
for and not enough of this type of 
yarn being written to meet require- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Setting up of an individual coun- 
cil for the motion picture as well 
other industries, with object of pro- 
viding a forum in which all ele- 
ments could analyze and discuss 
problems is being considered by the 
National Council for Industrial 
Progress, it was stated yesterday 
by John Gregg Paine, chairman of 
the NCIP management group, fol- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Increase of $1,646,577 Over 

Previous Year — $25.29 on 


Net profit of $3,457,973 for the 
12-week period ended Nov. 19, last, 
was reported by Loew's yesterday 
through David Bernstein, vice-pres- 
ident and treasurer. This amounts 
to $25.29 per share on preferred 
stock and $2.14 on common. 

The company's net for the com- 
petitive period in 1935 was $1,811,- 
396, an increase of $1,646,577 there- 
fore is shown. 


A conference between Sidney R. 
Kent, 20th Century-Fox president; 
Isidore Ostrer, head of GB, and A. 
C. Blumenthal was held yesterday 
at the Sherry Netherlands Hotel. 
It is understood that part of the 
meeting was devoted to a discus- 
sion of the situation based upon the 
recent decision of the Kent organi- 
zation not to continue to handle phy- 
sical distribution on GB releases 

(Continued on Page 8) 

John D. Clark Off Sunday 
to Meet Schenck & Zanuck 

John D. Clark, 20th Century-Fox 
distribution chief, leaves New York 
Sunday to confer with Joseph M. 
Schenck and Darryl Zanuck on the 
company's 1937-38 program. Re- 
turning East he will stop off at Kan- 
sas City to hold a district managers' 

43 Films in Production 

in West Coast Studios 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Forty-three pictures 

are in production, with Paramount 

and M-G-M leading, with eight each. 

Warners and Twentieth Century- 

(Continued on Page 6) 




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Paramount Delegation to 
Coast Confab. Returning 

Following the Paramount annual 
production conference held on the 
Coast and which was attended by 
various theater affiliates and pro- 
duction executives, a checkup on the 
departures reveal the following. 

John Hicks, Jr., George Weltner 
and M. A. Schlessinger will arrive 
in New York today aboard the Cen- 
tury. J. J. Unger and Milton Ku- 
sell left by plane and will stop over 
at Dallas. John C. Graham will 
make a two-day stop over in Kansas 
City before continuing on to New 

Matilda Kass will arrive in New 
York Friday. Albert Deane and 
Charles Gartner leave Hollywood 
today arriving here aboard the Cen- 
tury on Saturday. Vincent Trotta 
is en route to Cleveland for a stop 
over there. 

Barney Balaban and Stanton Grif- 
fis are scheduled to leave Hollywood 
Friday aboard the Superchief, ar- 
riving in New York on Monday. 

Among the theater partners now 
en route to their key cities are: 
Frank Walker, Harry David, Martin 
Mullin, Sam Pinanski, R. B. Wilby 
and Harry Nace. 

B.&K. Withdraw Bank Night; 
G. & E. File Screeno Injunction 

Chicago — Balaban & Katz and 
other circuits have withdrawn bank 
night since Judge Niemeyer ruled 
in favor of the city in the Iris the- 
ater case. 

G. & E. Enterprises, operators of 
the Lincoln Theater, have filed an 
injunction suit in the Circuit Court 
to allow them to continue Screeno, 
claiming it to be a different form 
of drawing and not a lottery. 

Michalson, McEvoy and 

Levy Off for Sales Meets 

Harry Michalson, RKO Radio 
short subject sales manager; E. L. 
McEvoy, eastern sales manager, and 
Nat Levy, east central division man- 
ager, leave today for a two-week 
trip to the eastern division offices 
for sales conferences with managers 
and salesmen in Albany, Buffalo, 
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, In- 
dianapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia 
and Washington. 

Joe Bertotti Dead 

Clinton, Ind. — Joe Bertotti, veter- 
an theater opei'ator, is dead. He 
operated the Columbia Theater for 
many years. 

ern story editor, leaves for Hollywood Tues- 
day to attend studio story conferences. 

HARRY MICHALSON, RKO Radio short sub- 
ject sales manager; E. L. McEVOY, eastern 
sales manager and NAT LEVY, eastern central 
division manager, leaves today for a two- 
week trip to the eastern division offices. 

GEORGE HIRLIMAN left yesterday for Hol- 

ELEANOR HUNT left yesterday for the coast 

JOHN D. CLARK leaves New York Sunday 
for Hollywood. 

HARRY GOLD left New York last night for 
Buffalo, Cleveland and other key cities. 

BURNETT HERSHEY sails from New York Sat- 
urday for Italy in connection with "Caruso," 
which is to be filmed in Hollywood. 

C. N. ODELL returns to New York today 
from Washington. 

arrived in New York from the coast. 

GLADYS GEORGE is en route to Hollywood 
from New York. 

D. A. DORAN, JR., has returned to New York 
from the coast. 

FLORENCE BROWNING is back in New York 
from Hollywood. 

LEW and MILTON LEFTON of Pittsburgh, 
LOUIS "POP" KORSON of Philadelphia, and 
HENRI ELMAN of Chicago, are in New York 
for conferences with Mack D. Weinberger, gen- 
eral sales manager of General Pictures Corp. 

SERGE PROKOKIEFF, Russian composer and 
conductor; LINE ZELGIEN, French organist; 
ERT, impresario, arrive from Europe today on 
the Paris. 

SAM MARX, literary editor for Samuel Gold- 
wyn, arrived in New York yesterday from the 
coast to confer with Beatrice Kaufman, Gold- 
wyn's eastern story editor, and to view cur- 
rent Broadway stage plays. 

MAX REINHARDT, having launched "The 
Eternal Road" at Manhattan Opera House, 

leaves New York Friday for Hollywood where 
he will produce two features for Warner Bros. 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, general manager of 
distribution for Universal, is en route to home 
office from Universal City, making stopovers 
at Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines 
and Chicago. He plans New York arrival next 

BEULAH LIVINGSTONE, on publicity tie-up 
tour for Universal's "Three Smart Girls," ar- 
rived in Chicago yesterday, and thence to 
Minneapolis and Toronto, returning to New 
York early next week. 

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, homeward - bound 
from a visit to England, will arrive tomorrow 
aboard the Bremen. He will be accompanied 
by MRS. FAIRBANKS, the former Lady Sylvia 

SONJA HENIE returns to New York today 
after a skating exhibition in Pittsburgh. She 
will remain on the east coast for several 
weeks before returning to 20th Century-Fox 

JOE RIVKIN, casting director at the Hal 
Roach studios, and NORMAN McLEOD, pro- 
ducer-director at the same lot, have returned 
to the coast after a talent search in New 

PAT O'BRIEN, will arrive in New York this 
morning on the Twentieth Century Limited, 
having been guest of honor on Monday at the 
annual football banquet of Notre Dame Uni- 

KAY FRANCIS is a passenger on the liner 
Bremen, which arrives in New York today. 
Illness cut short her European stay and she 
returns to consult a specialist. 

JANE WITHERS, leaves town today for 
Cleveland, where she will make a one-week 
p. a. 

ARLINE JUDGE, left yesterday for Miami on 
a scheduled 10-day vacation. She will re- 
turn to New York for another brief stay prior 
to going back to Hollywood. 

ARTHUR VOEGTLIN, scenic designer, who 
drew the •riginal plans for the New York 
Hippodrome, left yesterday for Universal City 
to assist in the making of "Hippodrome." 

Wednesday, Jan. 13,1937 

Six New Film Companies 
Get N. Y. State Charters 

Albany — Six new motion picture 
corporations have been chartered by 
New York State. They are: 

Holman Distributing Company, 
Inc. Manhattan. Motion pictures. 
Capital, 100 shares of stock. Share- 
holders: Cornelius B. Chapman, Ger- 
trude Israel and Sayde Lader, New 

Filmland Amusement Corpora- 
tion, New York. Theatrical busi- 
ness. Capital, $10,000. Stockhold- 
ers: Theodore Perlman, Irving Fein- 
man and Benjamin L. Rose, New 

Ace Pictures Corporation. Man- 
hattan. Motion pictures. Capital, 
100 shares of stock. Shareholders: 
Samuel L. Cohen. Irving Klein and 
Irving B. J. Levine, New York. 

B. & D.; Film Corporation, Man- 
hattan. Motion pictures. Capital, 
100 shares of stock. Shareholders: 
Harold J. Sherman, Martha Harris 
and Eleanor Brook, Brooklyn. 

American Atlantic, Inc., Manhat- 
tan, Motion pictures. Capital, 200 
shares of stock. Shareholders: Mar- 
tha Harris, Eleanor Brook and C. 
Greenberg, Brooklyn. 

Adventures of Tarzan Serial, Cor- 
poration, New York. Theatrical and 
motion picture business. Capital. 
200 shares of stock. Shareholders: 
Martha Harris, Eleanor Brook and 
C. Greenberg, Brooklyn. 

Advance Trailer Service, Inc. 
Manhattan. Motion Pictures. Cap- 
ital, $1,000. Stockholders: John F. 
Hennessy, Jacob Ginsburgh and Leo 
J. Rosenzweig, New York. 

"Waltz" Wash. Premiere 

to Draw Adolph Zukor 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The White House 
Correspondents Association will 
sponsor a Washington, D. C. show- 
ing of "Champagne Waltz", one of 
more than 75 showings of this Para- 
mount Silver Jubilee production 
which will be held in capitals of the 
world on Jan. 22, it was announced 

Adolph Zukor, Paramount chair- 
man of the board, will come to 
Washington from Hollywood to be 
present at the opening, which will 
be attended by cabinet members, 
Army and Navy officials, foreign 
ambassadors and persons prominent 
in Washington's political and social 



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pose large sums in the box office; make 
deposits promptly and frequently. 

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Played to 238,886 people in 11 
days at the Roxy, N. Y. A new 
house record! 3rd week hold-over 
set! Typical of the smash business 
throughout the country, where 
hold-overs have already been an- 
nounced in 73% of its key-city runs! 

Clear your date book for 
this long-run hit! 

"ONE IN A MILL I ON" with SONJA HENIE and Adolphe Menjou, 
Don Ameche, Ned Sparks, Jean Hersholt, Ritz Brothers, Arline Judge, 
Borrah Mineviteh and his gang, Dixie Dunbar. A 20th Century- 
Fox Picture, Darryl F. Zanuck in Charge of Production. 
Directed by Sidney Lanfield. Associate Producer 
Raymond Griffith 

<Tlie INfofam* Theatre* W< 

as Frank S. Nugent, N. Y. Times, writes: 
"Tempts us mightily to revise our list of this 
year's best ten to make a fitting place for it"! 



TO S. R. O. business as week-end audiences 
cheer Goldwyn stars and Goldwyn genius! 


"A sensation. It pulled #21,000 topping par 
by £12,840!" says Motion Picture Daily. 







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Palace Theatre, Dallas 
Loew's Theatre, Dayton 
Denver Theatre, Denver 
Plaza Theatre, El Paso 
Victory Theatre, Evansville 
Hollywood Theatre, Ft. Worth 
Queen Theatre, Galveston 
Regent Theatre, Harrisburg 
Poli Theatre, Hartford 
Palace Theatre, Huntington 
State Theatre, Houston 
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Arcade Theatre, Jacksonville 

Midland Theatre, 

State Theatre, Louisville 
State Theatre, Memphis 
Warner Theatre, Milwaukee 
Minnesota Theatre, Minneapolis 
Vendome Theatre, Nashville 
Poli Theatre, New Haven 
State Theatre, New Orleans 
State Theatre, Norfolk 
Midwest Theatre, Oklahoma City 
Orpheum Theatre, Omaha 
State Theatre, Providence 
Colonial Theatre, Reading 
Loew's Theatre, Richmond 
Loew's Theatre, Rochester 
State Theatre, St. Louis 
Paramount Theatre, St. Paul 
Paramount Theatre, Salt Lake 
Aztec Theatre, San Antonio 
Capitol Theatre, Springfield, Mass. 
Loew's Theatre, Syracuse 
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(Continued from Page 1) 

Not Gods," "Fire Over England," 
"The Man Who Could Work Mira- 
cles" and "Dark Journey." The pro- 
ducer is now preparing "I, Clau- 
dius," and "The Divorce of Lady X." 
Korda has just formed a new unit 
composed of Eric Pommer and 
Charles Laughton, who is under act- 
ing contract to London Films. Other 
units working at the Denham plant 
are: Victor Saville, Lothar Mendes, 
Denham Film Productions, and Rob- 
ert T. Kane (20th Century-Fox). 

43 Films in Production 

in West Coast Studios 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Fox have six each before the cam- 
eras and RKO four. Columbia and 
Universal are tied, with three each. 
Republic has two in work, and Mac- 
Lean, and Reliable one 

"Dead Yesterday" and "Fifty 
Roads To Town" started at Twen- 
tieth Century-Fox and "Speed Mad" 
at Columbia, "High, Wide and 
Handsome" went before Paramount 
cameras, as did "Danger — Men 
Working." "Man In Possession" is 
the newest production at M-G-M. 

Dallas Republic Force 

Will Stage Date Drive 

In honor of W. G. Underwood and 
Claude Z. Ezell, the staff members 
of Republic Pictures Corp. of Dallas, 
have inaugurated and will finance 
a unique "Employees Appreciation 
Date Drive" to run through the 
months of February, April and 
March. The compaign will feature 
trade paper ads as well as a series 
of letters and broadsides to exhibi- 

Expect Taylor and Harlow 
at Wash. President's Ball 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The President's 
Birthday Ball here is expected to be 
graced by both Robert Taylor and 
Jean Harlow, it was announced yes- 
terday by Commissioner Allen. 

U Mrs. Max Stahl III 

Cincinnati — Mrs. Max Stahl, wife 
of Max Stahl, branch manager for 
United Artists, is confined to the 
Jewish Hospital, following a major 

"Dinny" Dinerman Weds 

Cincinnati — E. V. "Dinny" Diner- 
man of RKO theaters publicity de- 
partment, was married to Miss 
Margaret Works of Covington, Ky. 

Uses Old Essanay Lot 

Chicago — Commercial sound films 
are being produced on the old Es- 
sanay lot, with Jack Boland super- 

T T ▼ 

• • • PRIZE OF the month for the best sustained sus- 
pense in a production goes to the GB picture, "The Woman 

Alone" there are different types of suspense in motion 

pictures one usually thinks of it as that suspense sus- 
tained throughout a production that gradually builds in a drama 
to a smash climax in the picture under discussion Direc- 
tor Alfred Hitchcock has given us two perfect examples of 
nerve-pulsing suspense achieved within the compass of their 
specific sequences 

T T T 

• • • YOU DO not have to know the plot to appreciate 

their gripping qualities on any audience the first is a long 

sequence in which Desmond Tester, the young brother of Sylvia 
Sidney in the play, is sent on an apparently innocent errand 

to carry a package but the audience knows the package 

that Oscar Homolka, the husband of Sylvia, gives the boy, con- 
tains a deadly bomb timed to explode at a certain hour 

and we defy anybody to sit through those anguished minutes as 
the happy, carefree boy carries this instrument of death under 
his arm, without a sense of the very blood chilling in the veins 
the second sequence has Sylvia Sidney facing the hus- 
band-killer at the supper table that evening and the urge 

to kill him forms slowly in her mind and gradually he be- 
gins to comprehend her purpose up to the last final gasp- 
ing moment when she plunges the knife, here is one of the 

greatest suspense scenes ever recorded on the screen we 

know of no director who can touch Alfred Hitchcock in build- 
ing sequence suspense with that cunning skill that almost 
hypnotizes in its quality of tenseness 

T T ▼ 

• • • THE STAFF at the Columbia home office are ex- 
tending themselves these days in preparation for the "Co- 
lumbia-Montague Sales and Liquidation Campaign" a na- 
tional campaign starting Jan. 17 10-foot banners for the 

exchanges, buttons, special letterheads, stickers, blowups 

with Joe McConville acting as co-ordinator in this sales drive 

T T T 

• • • IT IS seldom that John Clark, distribution head of 
20th Century-Fox, enthuses to the point where he steams up 

and boils over the gent is too self -controlled but now 

he is steaming over "Cafe Metropole" for the reports 

from the studio are so exuberant that even the poised Mister 

Clark has been swept slightly off balance a pip cast, too 

Loretta Young, Tyrone Power, Jean Hersholt, Adolphe 

Menjou, Gregory Ratoff , Helen Westley, Bill Robinson 

T T T 

• • • AND NOW attractvie pix offers have lured Regis 

Toomey back to the coast after a New York stay renewed 

interest in Toomey is being shown by major studios and 

a Broadway producer is already angling to bring him back later 
to Neon Avenue apart from his never-to-be-forgotten per- 
formance in "Alibi" this Toomey lad has turned in some 

grand roles in recent pictures given the proper parts, here 

is a player who carries a fortune for some astute producer 

T T T 

• • • SO NICE was the party for Jimmy Cagney at the 

Gotham Hotel given by Grand National that even after 

the likker was all used up the guests insisted on hanging 

around and chumming with the guest of honor that gives 

you a slight idea how popular Mister Cagney is we have 

never in all these years seen guests stick at a film cocktail 

party after the cocktails were exhausted Jimmy returns 

to Hollywood in March to start his next picture for the com- 

Wednesday, Jan. 13,1937 


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lowing his return to New York from 

The individual councils would be 
a unit in a parent or all-industries 
council and would only make such 
recommendations to the President 
and Congress as are unanimously 
agreed upon by all groups, explained 
Paine. It would function as an in- 
dustry forum. 

The correlating council of the 
NCIP is discussing three proposed 
bills, one of which would authorize 
loans to small industries and fix a 
maximum of $50,000 for individual 
loans. Money could be expended 
for general operation purposes. 

The committee is also considering 
recommending establishment of a 
National Economic Advisory Coun- 
cil to study the national income, its 
sources and uses. Another meas- 
ure being examined would author- 
ize the Federal Trade Commission 
to study industries from the stand- 
point of minimum wages, maximum 
working hours and unfair competi- 

Paine returns to Washington 
either late this week or early next 

Hollywood Story Demand 

Said at Ail-Time Peak 

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ments, it was said yesterday by 
Verne Porter, literary agent. 

Authors are fearful about writing 
topical stories because conditions 
may change three or four months 
from now and their yarn would be 
dated, Porter commented. The re- 
sult is that there is not nearly 
enough of this sort of material 
around to meet the demand. 

Important stories having "body 
and substance" are greatly sought 
after, Porter declared. And prices 
are high. 

The story situation is complicated 
by the fact that very few ace writers 
have been developed in the past 15 
years and that the "names" of a 
decade and two ago are still being 
relied on, Porter said. 

General Pictures Ups 

Budget to $1,850,000 

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each month during February, March, 
and April, with two productions per 
month thereafter for the balance of 
the year. 

Mack D. Weinberger, General 
Sales Manager, has set February 
25th as the release date of Gen- 
eral's first picture "Three Legion- 

S. W. Morrison Dead 

North Adams, Mass. — Stephen W. 
Morrison, 48, operator at the Para- 
mount, is dead after a short illness 
from pneumonia. 


ednesday, Jan. 13,1937 



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chased the screen rights to "The 
irate's Lady," an original story hy 
nhn Larkin, hased on the exploits 
f the Gulf Coast pirate, Jean La- 
tte. The story is scheduled for 
arly production. 

▼ T T 

Buster Keaton's new comedy for 
educational, "Ditto," just completed 
n the West Coast, will introduce 
he much-discussed Brewster Twins, 
ecently signed by 20th Century- 
"ox. Gloria and Barbara Brewster 
re "identical" twins. 

I ▼ T T 

Screen writers Leo Birinski and 
Veils Root have been signed as a 
earn by David 0. Selznick to pre- 
iare the treatment of "The Prison- 
er of Zenda," starring Ronald Col- 
nan, which is scheduled for produc- 
ion Feb. 15. When the treatment 
s completed, Donald Ogden Stew- 
trt is to write the screenplay. 

▼ T T 

Claire Dodd had a double jolt for 
the film colony. Not only did she 
reveal that for five years she has 
been Mrs. J. Milton Strauss, wife 
of a Los Angeles broker, but she 
disclosed that a son had been born 
:o her in November. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 26 • • • 
A . M. B0TSF0RD. Executive assistant to William LeBaron, managing direc- 
'* tor of production, Paramount. Born, Rockland, III.; educated, Williams 
College (A.B. degree), specializing in English. Was city editor of the Quincy 
(III.) Herald; reporter on the New York World. Was with Paramount Famous 
Lasky in July, 1917, as publicity writer; adver- 
tising manager, 1920-1925. Became advertising 
manager of Publix theaters. In 1931 became 
head of story department in New York. Appoint- 
ed assistant to Emanuel Cohen in 1933. Ap- 
pointed assistant to Henry Herzbrun in February, 
1934; named associate producer in November, 
1935. Produced, among others, "Too Many Pa- 
rents," "Three Cheers for Love," "Sudden 
Death," "Return of Sophie Lang," 'Hollywood 
Boulevard," 'Murder With Pictures," "Rose 
Bowl." Assumed present studio position in 
December, 1936. Married. Has three children. 

First honorary Massachusetts 
colonel in the history of the West 
has just been appointed by Governor 
Charles Hurley of the Bay State. 
New dignitary is Joe E. Brown, 
RKO Radio star, of "When's Your 
Birthday?" who has just been no- 
tified of his appointment as one of 
six members of Governor's staff. 

John Barrymore's collapse on the 
set of "Maytime" was due to an up- 
set. He is expected to return to 
work this week. 

▼ T T 

The internationally famed dance 
team of Estelle and LeRoy, has been 
signed by Hal Home, Walter 
Wanger production executive, to ap- 

pear in the forthcoming technicolor 
musical, "Walter Wanger's Vogues 
of 1938." When they complete their 
numbers for the Wanger musical, 
they are scheduled to perform at the 
Savoy Hotel in London for the 
Coronation Ball. 

Alice Faye has been assigned the 
feminine lead in "Wake Up and 
Live," in which Walter Winchell and 
Ben Bernie have leading roles. It 
will go before the cameras shortly 
under the direction of Sidney Lan- 

W. Ray Johnston has purchased 
two Jack London stories, "Queen 
of the Yukon" and "Wolf Call." 
Both are scheduled for 1937-38 pro- 
duction by Monogram. 

Joseph Krumgold, Olive Cooper 
and Courtland Fitzimmons are do- 
ing the screenplay for Guy Kibbee's 
first picture, "Jim Hanvey," for Re- 
public. "Jim Hanvey" is a charact- 
er created by Octavus Roy Cohen in 
his Saturday Evening Post stories. 
The original screen story is by Eric 
Taylor. Krumgold will be associate 

Martin Johnsons Injured in 
Forced Airplane Landing 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Mr. and Mrs. Martin 
Johnson, en route here from Salt 
Lake City in a Western Air Express 
plane, both suffered fractui-ed legs 
in a forced landing of the plane ten 
miles outside of Burbank, Calif. 
They were taken to a Burbank hos- 

3 Houses in One Block 

Gives Meltons a Circuit 

Denver — The J. B. Melton inter- 
ests have bought the Center from 
George A. Allan. Allan opened the 
house several months ago after it 
had been closed some years, and 
started with a first-run policy with 
a stage show. The Meltons prompt- 
1 ly changed the policy to a 15-cent 
grind. This gives the Meltons three 
houses in the same block, probably 
the most compact circuit in the 

To Roadshow "Top of World" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Universal will road- 
show "Top of the World." James 
R. Grainger is working out the de- 
tails, and if he can lease sufficient 
legitimate theaters the world pre- 
mieres will be held simultaneously 
in all key cities. Roadshowing will 
be held shortly before general re- 
lease which will be about March 28. 

M. P. Associates, Inc. 

Installs First Officers 

Officers of the recently-organized 
Motion Picture Associates, Inc., 
formed with members of the Mo- 
tion Picture Salesmen, Inc., as its 
nucleus, were inducted at a lunch- 
eon meeting yesterday at Sardi's. 
Installed were: Joseph Lee, presi- 
dent; Jerry Wilson, vice-president- 
Morris, Sanders, treasurer; Moe 
Fraun, recording secretary, and 
Charles Penser, recording secretary. 

Arthur Greenblatt presided at the 
induction ceremonies which marked 
the enthusiastic gathering attended 
by nearly 100. Attendance included 
Budd Rogers of Alliance Films. 
Next meeting will be held in about 
two weeks when plans will be furth- 
er developed for establishing perm- 
anent clubrooms. 

St. Louis Amusement Co. 

Annual Meeting Jan. 19 

St. Louis, Mo. — The annual meet- 
ing of the stockholders of the St. 
Louis Amusement Company is to be 
held on Tuesday, January 19, ac- 
cording to an announcement made 
by President Thomas N. Dysart. 
The company has made arrange- 
ments to install new RCA Photo- 
phone high fidelity equipment in 12 
of its local theaters and in the 
Washington Theater in Granite City, 

Film Daily's "Ten Best" 

Presented at the Plaza 

According to a custom established 
last year, Leo Brecher's Plaza on 
Tuesday begins showing the "Ten 
Best" pictures of 1936, almost iden- 
tical to the selections made by the 
nation's critics in The Film Daily 
poll. Only omission from The Film 
Daily's list is "A Midsummer 
Night's Dream," for which "Fury." 
has been substituted by way of a 
bow to the New York reviewers, 
several of whom indicated a pref- 
erence for this production. 

Following is the Plaza's list and 
dates: Tuesday, "Mr. Deeds Goes 
to Town"; Wednesday, "The Great 
Ziegfeld"; Thursday, "Anthony Ad- 
verse"; Friday, "A Tale of Two 
Cities"; Saturday, "San Francisco"; 
Sunday, "Mutiny on the Bounty"; 
Monday, "The Story of Louis Pas- 
teur"; Tuesday, "Dodsworth"; Wed- 
nesday, "The Green Pastures", and 
Thursday, "Fury". 

Hays Praises Film Advtg. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — At a meeting of 
studio publicity directors, Will H. 
Hays declared motion picture ad- 
vertising and publicity has shown 
an advance during the past year. 
He urged that the progress be con- 

Rites for Mrs. O'Brien 

Will be Held Tomorrow 

Funeral services for Mrs. Den- 
nis F. O'Brien, wife of prominent 
theatrical and motion picture at- 
torney and mother of Ken O'Brien 
and UA publicity staff, will be held 
tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. at 
Church of St. Dennis, Van Cortland 
Park Avenue and St. Lawrence St., 
Yonkers. Mrs. O'Brien died at the 
family home in Yonkers on Monday. 
Interment will be in Gate of Heaven 

Mississippi Amusement Tax 
Nets $354,147.79 for '36 

Jackson, Miss. — The total reve- 
nue from the 10 per cent amuse- 
ment tax for 1936 in the state of 
Mississippi amounted to $354,147.79, 
according to the state tax commis- 

Exhib's Wife Dies In Fire 

Sudan, Tex. — In a fire which de- 
stroyed the Garden Theater, the wife 
of G. W. Chesher, the manager, who 
lived in an apartment above the the- 
ater, died from suffocation. She 
was the mother of W. J. Chesher of 
the Palace at Littlefield. 

To Present "Berkley Square" 

Seniors of the Eagin School of 
Dramatic Art will present "Berke- 
ley Square" in the 57th St. Play- 
house tonight, Thursday and Friday. 
Harry Flimmer is directing. 


Wednesday, Jan. 13,1937 



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other than those productions made 
by the company itself. 

Although the British firm recent- 
ly announced that it intends to es- 
tablish its own exchanges in this 
country, due to distribution commit- 
ments on B. I. P. and Herbert Wil- 
cox product, it is reported that pro- 
viding it could adjust the situation, 
it would be likely to abandon its ex- 
change plan. 

Both Isidore and Maurice Ostrer 
are booked to sail for England on 
the Aquitania tomorrow. 

Anti-Industry Measures 

Looming in California 

Sacramento, Cal. — Proposed indus- 
try legislation is expected to in- 
clude a film footage tax bill, a no- 
seat-no-sale bill, and an Anti-Bank 
Night Bill. 

Assemblyman Melvin Cronin will 
again present the chain store tax 
bill, this time including the motion 
picture industry. 

Organized labor has advised it 
will not present any legislation hit- 
ting the industry. 

Baltimore — Extension of the 1 
per cent gross receipts ^x on ad- 
missions to motion pictir e theaters 
and other amusement places in 
Maryland was urged by Gov. Harry 
W. Nice in his message to the Gen- 
eral Assembly this week. Th^ taxe? 
are among several special forms of 
taxation which will expire on March 
31 and which were put into effect 
last March to raise relief funds. 

Lincoln — Although he campaigned 
for the office prior to opening of 
Nebraska's unicameral, W. F. Hay- 
cock, formerly owner of the Star 
theater at Callaway, Neb., and the 
industry's only representative in the 
nation's first one-house legislature, 
failed of election as speaker when 
the session started. 

Exhibitors had hoped Haycock 
would win the job and be a bul- 
wark against any possible admis- 
sion tax bills. They were later 
cheered, however, when Haycock 
was made Chairman of the revenue 
committee and Governor Robert 
LeRoy Cochran came out against 
any sales tax in his budget message. 

Four Theatrical Companies 
File SEC Change Reports 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Four theatrical cor-i 
porations were among those filing 
reports to Securities and Exchange! 
Commission on special changes 
which have occurred since their 
registration statements under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 
Those included were B. F. Keith 
Corp., Keith-Albee Orpheum Corp., 
Loew's Boston Theaters Co., and 
Trans-Lux Daylight Pictures Screen 

NEWS of the DAY 

Moundsville, W. Va. — The Mar- 
shall Theater Co. has been organ- 
ized here by George C. Davis, R. T. 
Jennings and W. B. Urling. 

Houma, La.— A. J. "Slim" Hig- 
genbotham, a Saenger partner, was 
reported looking over the two thea- 
ters here and making offers. 

New Orleans — Max.Connette who 
runs the Avalon at Pass Christian, 
Miss., is expanding to take over the 
lyric at Bay Springs and the Majes- 
tic at Newton. 

San Antonio — Herbert Mullins 
has roepened the Amusu which re- 
cently was remodeled at Winnsboro. 

San Antonio — New sound equip- 
ment has been installed in the Rial- 
to Theater, Loraine, owned by 
Grady Cole of Colorado. 

Lincoln, Neb. — Leland Mischnick, 
manager of the Kiva here, has been 
sent to the 1,600-seat Colorado, 
Pueblo, Colo. He'll be under City 
Manager George F. Monroe there, 
incidentally the same man who gave 
him his first job as an usher at the 
Kiva six years ago when it was 
built as the State. Harry Bretzer 
replaces him. 

Providence — The Castle, 1039 
Chalkstone Ave., has been leased 
until June, 1952, to the Castle 
Amusement Co. by the Wentworth 
Realty, Inc. 

Atlantic City — A new 800-seater 
will be built in nearby Pleasantville 
for opening about May 1, according 
to announcement made by Ben 
Wirth. It will be located on the 
site of the old Carlton. 

Sound Nominations for 

Academy Award Invited 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Each studio Sound 
Director has been requested today 
to submit a nomination for the 
Academy Award for Achievement in 
Sound Recording. 

This year's rules, which are the 
same as has been used for the past 
hwo years, provide that each studio 
sound department may nominate one 
production for consideration for the 
Award, these nominations to be 
vot°d upon by the entire Academy 
membership during the regular 
Awards voting to select the one 
production to receive the Award. 

Bernhard Holding Meets 
In Cleveland and Albany 

Mr. Joseph Bernhard, general 
manager of Warner Bros. Theaters, 
held a special meeting yesterday in 
Cleveland with all managers in that 
zone and is holding a similar meet- 
ing today in Albany. He is accom- 
panied by Harry Goldberg, director 
of Warner Theater Advertising and 

Movie Course at U. of P. 

Pittsburgh — A new course in mo- 
tion picture art is being offered 
students at the University fo Pitts- 
burgh here. Included in the course 
is the production of a picture 
labeled "Spring Class" under the 
direction of Philip Elliott. 

35-Hour Bill for Women 

Harrisburg, Pa. — A bill has been 
introduced in the current session of 
the legislature which advocates a 
35-hour working week for women. 

"Lloyds" Goes to M. H. 

Marking its first showing at pop- 
ular prices, "Lloyds of London" will 
open at the Radio City Music Hall 

Dunnigan Names Senate 

Public Education Com. 

Albany — The Senate Committee 
on Public Education, to which will 
be referred amendments to the mo- 
tion picture censorship law, if any 
are offered, as announced by Tem- 
porary President of the Senate 
John J. Dunnigan, consists of A. 
Spencer Feld, lawyer, New York 
City; Julius S. Berg, lawyer, The 
Bronx; Joseph D. Nuna, Jr., lawyer, 
Queens County; Rae L. Egbert, mer- 
chant, Staten Island; Joseph J. 
Schwartzwald, lawyer, Brooklyn; 
Jacob H. Livingston, lawyer, Brook- 
lyn; William J. Murray, advertising, 
New York City (Democrats), and 
Thomas C. Desmond, retired engi- 
neer, Newburgh; Mrs. Rhoda Fox 
Graves, farmer, Gouverneur; the 
Rev. Joseph R. Hanley, Perry; Wil- 
liam H. Lee, manufacturer, Lock- 
port (Republicans). With the ex- 
ception of Murray, all were on the 
committee last year. 

5 Holdovers in Portland; 

•Take" Increases 10 P.C. 

Portland, Ore. — A universal hold- 
over of major attractions, with a 
10 per cent increase in the "take" 
reported by all houses, was the 
week-end feature here. "After the 
Thin Man" went into its third week 
at the Broadway; "College Holiday" 
started a fourth at the Blue Mouse, 
while "The Plainsman" (Orpheum), 
"Theodora Goes Wild" (Paramount) 
and "Camille" (United Artists) re- 
mained for a second week. 

Independent Exhibitors 

Meets in Boston Jan. 26 

Boston — Independent Exhibitors, 
Inc., Allied affiliate, will hold its 
annual meeting and election of of- 
ficers at the Hotel Touraine on Jan. 
26 according to business manager 
Arthur K. Howard. 




"Runaway Marriage" 

(Court of Human Relations) 

Columbia lO^mins. 

Human Interest 

This one in the series of ^radio 
features shows a young couple leav- 
ing their case to the neutral judge 
to decide. He is a college football 
hero, and she the co-ed who had de- 
cided to marry while still in college. 
But after marriage he seems to lose 
his skill as a player, and 
thing goes from bad to worse, gwith 
the girl worried and flunking m her 
studies. The judge's decision is that 
they live apart and continue ^their 
college careers. The results" are 
satisfactory and their problem hap- 
pily solved. Directed by B. K. Blake. 
Photography by Frank C. Zucker. 
Music by Milton Schwartzwald., 

The Story of Norton I 

(Strange As It Seems) 

Columbia 9 mins. 

Odd Fancy 

The story of a strange character 
who back in 1857 in San Francisco 
lost a fortune by paying his debts 
when the market collapsed. He be- 
came balmy in the head, and -imag- 
ined himself as "Norton I, Emperor 
of the United States." For yeprs 
everybody helped him in his harm- 
less fancy, and he became a local 
character with everyone familiar 
with his story and treating him 
kindly. Many of the odd incidents 
connected with his life are presented. 
When he dies, they gave him a great 
funeral, attended by 10,000, and built 
a tablet to his memory, which pro- 
claimed his fictitious title he car- 
ried for a score of year. 

El Brendel in 

"Ay Tank Ay Go" 

Columbia 16 mins. 

Mountain Fun 

Fun among the hillbillies, with 
El Brendel starting a mountaineer 
feud very innocently. As the hired 
man, he gets himself involved with 
the daughter of the family he is 
working for, and he is expected to 
marry her. But his heart yearns for 
the daughter of the rival clan across 
the creek. When he is caught spark- 
ing the latter, then the feud starts. 
In the excitement and shooting which 
follow, El tries to escape with his 
girl, and they land on the back of 
a wild bull along with a stray 
preacher, who marries them then 
and there. Silly, but Brendel keeps 
the laughs coming. Phyllis Crane 
and Bud Jamison lend the main sup- 
port. Produced by Jules White. Di- 
rected by Del Lord. 

Pons Pix Sets Holdovers 

"That Girl From Paris," RKO Ra- 
dio picture starring Lily Pons is be- 
ing held over in San Francisco, 
Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, 
New Orleans and Baltimore. 

Criterion Gets Arliss Film 

GB has sold "Man of Affairs," 
starring George Arliss, to the Cri- 
terion, New York. 



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Thursday, Jan. 14, 1937 


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says: "Your acceptance of most of 
the M. P. T. 0. A. proposals on be- 
half of Metro represents a definite 
step forward towards a practical 
solution of our mutual problems in 
trade practices," states the Kuyken- 
dall letter. 

In part, the communication reads 
as follows: 

"We are deeply grateful for the 
unqualified endorsement you give to 
the local conciliation board proposal. 
This we know will be difficult to 
work out and establish, but we be- 
lieve that it has undreamed of pos- 
sibilities for genuine accomplish- 
ment and usefulness to the whole 
industry. As you know, it devel- 
oped during our long negotiations 
on these ten proposals that the only 
practical solution of several of them 
under present circumstances would 
be through the operation of such 
local boards. I refer to No. 4, over- 
buying; No. 5, unfair competition 
between theaters; No. 6, unfair non- 
theatrical competition; No. 9, desig- 
nation of pictures actually unsuit- 
able for Sunday exhibition; and No. 
10, forcing the sale of excessive 
short subjects. We hope the estab- 
lishment of these local boards will 
not be delayed much longer. 

"We fully agree with your state- 
ment on unreasonable clearance. In 
the absence of a uniform clearance 
and zoning schedule limiting clear- 
ance within reasonable standards, 
we suggest local conciliation of in- 
dividual disputes and complaints on 

"Overbuying, also, is not subject 
to fixed rules or regulations. Each 
situation should receive special con- 
sideration on its merits by a local 
conciliation board with the hope of 
working out a mutually saitsfactory 
adjustment without recourse to a 
law suit. 

"We agree that unfair competi- 
tion between theaters is a proper 
matter for conciliation. These are 
local matters that can be best work- 
ed out by local people familiar with 
local conditions. 

"On unfair non-theatrical compe- 
tition the practical question is 
whether it is actual competition of 
an unfair nature. The local con- 
ciliation board can find out and 
whatever adjustments are necessary 
can be made on the basis of an im- 
partial but complete finding of facts. 

"We sincerely hope you succeed 
in adopting a short form of exhibi- 
tion contract so badly needed in 
this business. We submitted to you 
a specific suggestion for an initial 

"Sterilized Air" Aids B. 0. 

Denver — During the flu epidemic 
scare theaters here kept their grosses 
up to average and above by advertising 
"clean, sterilized air," and this in spite 
of the fact that the board of health 
had advised the public to avoid public 
gatherings. The board had considered 
closing of theaters as a health measure. 

The Foreign Field 

♦ ♦ News Flashes from All Parts of the Globe ♦ ♦ 

French Amusement Taxes 

Paris — For the first nine months 
of 193G the French Government col- 
lected $2,354,333 in amusement 
taxes, a decrease of $573,000, or 
20 per cent, from the correspond- 
ing months of 1935. 

Oberon, Donat Co-Starred 

London — Alexander Korda will 
co-star Merle Oberon and Robert 
Donat in a new London Films pro- 
duction, "The Divorce of Lady X." 
Filming will start as soon as Miss 
Oberon completes her role in "I, 
Claudius" and Donat his in "Knight 
Without Armor." 

Nova Pilbeam as Victoria 

London — Gaumont British has an- 
nounced definitely that it will star 
Nova Pilbeam in its production 
based upon the life of the youthful 
Queen Victoria. The company holds 
an option on Sil-Vara's "Girlhood 
of a Queen" and will probably com- 
bine it with an original story now 
in preparation. 

German Production 

Berlin — Of the 154 pictures an- 
nounced for 1936-37 by German 
producers, 44 have been completed 
and passed by the censors, while 45 
are in various stages of production. 


For the first time since the RKO- 
Schine pool, the Paramount is fea- 
turing an added attraction, but in 
the lobby rather than on the stage. 
Act is Rinaldo, mind-reader. House 
spotted him into the lobby so as to 
not interfere with the double film 

"Gold Diggers of 1937," opening 
here tomorrow, is double featured 
although this city was on the flying 
"Gold Diggers" itinerary. 

Steve Edwards here to exploit 
"The Garden of Allah" and "Be- 
loved Enemy," Loew's State book- 

Pit band is back at the Civic, op- 
erated by the Federal Theater 

Levy Joins Ad. Film Co. 

Signer and Bryne, Inc., producers 
and national distributors of adver- 
tising films, announce the appoint- 
ment of Sidney B. Levy as treas- 
urer of the corporation. This is 
Signer and Bryne's third addition 
to personnel in the last few months. 

Goldberg in Buffalo 

Harry Goldberg, director of War- 
ner Theater Advertising and Pub- 
licity is holding a special advertis- 
ing meeting today in Buffalo, and 
one tomorrow in Pittsburgh, on 
"Black Legion." 


Bert Stern, with Standard The- 
aters, now goes on the air at 
KOMA with a 15 minute talk every 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Lola Mae Hudleston, steno for 
20-Fox, sustained painful injuries 
in an automobile accident near here 
Friday, and is in a local hospital. 

Sam Brunk, head booker for 
Paramount, is back from a two 
weeks' vacation, spent visiting in 
Virginia, West Virginia and Tennes- 

Temple De Vilbiss, engineer for 
Griffith circuit, has joined the U. S. 
Air-conditioning Sales force in Dal- 


Jack McCarty has resigned as 
Universal salesman here, being re- 
placed by Larry Hensler of Grand 

M-G-M salesman Charles Lieb has 
returned from a visit to Minneapolis. 

Tri-States Publicity Chief Charles 
Schlaifer has recovered from a throat 
ailment which laid him up two 

W. W. Troxell has resigned as 
Republic midwest salesman here to 
replace Oscar Hanson at RKO Ra- 
dio, who has taken over the Majes- 
tic at Hebron, Neb., from Art 

step in this direction which we be- 
lieve is worth serious consideration 
and a fair trial. 

"It is generally conceded that 
there is no real justification for a 
separate score charge in exhibition 

"I believe you have completely 
misunderstood our written proposal 
on the designation of unsuitable pic- 
tures for Saturday or Sunday ex- 
hibition. There are two distinct 
problems involved in the grievance 
over preferred playing" time. First, 
the complaint that an exhibitor is 
required to give an unreasonably 
large number of designated dates to 
the distributors whose pictures he 
buys, that he is compelled to agree 

to give in total more Sunday dates 
than there are Sundays in the year, 
and finds himself in an impossible 
situation as a result. Second, that 
he is required to show an unsuitable 
picture on Sunday because it is a 
'designated date.' 

"I am not quite sure whether I 
understand your position with re- 
spect to forcing excess shorts with 
features. If you mean that your 
company, as a matter of policy, will 
not require an exhibitor to license 
more short subjects than would reas- 
onably be required to fill out the 
program at his theater with the fea- 
ture pictures licensed from Metro, 
then your statement is perfectly 


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scheduled for filming at the pres- 
ent time are: "Red, Hot and Blue," 
"Idiot's Delight," "On Your Toes," 
"Stage Door," "The Women," "Tov- 
arich" and "You Can't Take It With 

Appeal of Anti-Giveaway 
Ruling Up to Owning Cos. 

New Orleans — With the New Or- 
leans Appellate Court refusing to 
rehear affirmation of the lower 
court ruling declaring "Bank Night" 
and "sweepstakes" violative of the 
state lottery act, chances of appeal 
to State Supreme Court apparently 
depend on whether the interests 
owning these giveaways are willing 
to fight. 

Attorney Siegfried Christensen, 
representing George Sanchell, Ne- 
gro, in a case against Lewis Amuse- 
ment Co., former theater operator, 
can still file a Supreme Court peti- 
tion for certiorai writ within 30 
days. The ruling came as Sanchell 
sued claiming his minor son held a 
prize ticket but was refused admit- 
tance on the theater's drawing 

Cincinnati Exhibitors 

Group to Combat Bingo 

Cincinnati — The Greater Cincin- 
nati Independent Exhibitors League 
will combat bingo parties, it is 
announced by President Harold 
Bernstein. The league will engage 
counsel to investigate the ordinance 
permitting the game. 

Kimmel Funeral Held 

Panama City, Fla. — Interment of 
the late Henry T. Kimmel, mana- 
ger of the Martin & Davis Ritz 
Theater, who died suddenly of a 
heart attack while on duty, was 
made at his old home in Winston- 
Salem, N. C. 

Wotta Cast! 

P. T. Barnum, Max Reinhardt and 
Cecil B. DeMille appear to be conser- 
vative proponents of big casts following 
announcement by U. S. Census Bureau 
that it is making film record of 126,- 
000,000 names contained in 1,024 vol- 
umes and on 33,000,000 cards. Film 
will furnish proof of citizens' ages in 
connection with Social Security bene- 

Buchanan In Malco Post 

New Orleans — M. J. Buchanan 
has been appointed district man- 
ager for the Malco houses in Co- 
lumbus, Tupelo and West Point, 
Miss., as well as Helena, Ark. This 
is the group that is jointly owned 
by M. A. Lightman and E. V. Rich- 
ards but operated by Malco. Bu- 
chanan will headquarter at Colum- i 


Thursday, Jan. 14, 1937 


Manuel M. Greenwald, manager of 
the Barry Theater, and Dorothy 
Goldstein have announced their en- 

Bert M. Stearn, district manager 
for U. A., was a business visitor 

Jimmy Nash, Monarch salesman, 
is sporting a new car. 

Herman Stahl, Oil City exhibitor, 
is back from Cin ' "'nati where he 
visited his brother _~x Stahl of the 
U. A. Exchange there. 

Mike Hughes, former general man- 
ager for the Altoona Publix Corpora- 
tion, has returned to his home in 
Pittston. He was succeeded by 
Arthur Himmelein, manager of the 
Mishler Theater in Altoon . 

Joe Kaufmann, Universal Ex- 
change manager, was presented with 
a leather bag by the members of his 

The flu caught up with Harry 
Kalmine, Joe Feldman and Ben 
Steerman, Warner executives. 

Robert Kail of Columbus, O., is 
the new assistant manager at 
Loew's Penn Theater, replacing the 
ailing Bob Newkirk. 

Mrs. John McGreevy, wife of the 
Harris executive, has gone to Flor- 

Regis Toomey left for Hollywood 
by auto with Harry Feldman. 


Sam Rosey, of Western Booking 
Corp. has left that organization and 
is going into business for himself. 

Aaron Goldberg, operator and 
owner of six subsequent-run houses 
on Market Street, last week gave 
lis annual party for his entire staff, 
coth in the central office and in the 

Larry Moran, formerly in the 
booking department for Warner 
Brothers in New York and Albany, 
has been added to the booking staff 
of Universal exchange here. 

Joe Flannagan, booker for 20th 
Century Fox, took his wife down 
South for a jaunt to Santa Anita. 

Alene Carroll, Hollywood actress, 
home to spend the holidays with 
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll 
Nathan. Nathan operates the Marina 
Theater here. 

Herbert Rosener, well known as 
the operator of three Northern Cali- 
fornia houses, and handling Amer- 
ican rights for several European 
films, becomes an impresario when 
he presents Moriz Rosenthal, 73-year- 
old concert pianist, and the only 
living pupil of the great Liszt. 


President Frank Gravatt of Steel 
Pier, and Minstrel Director Frank 
Elliott, have returned from Europe. 

General Manager Herbert Cope- 
land of Warner-Seashore theaters 
has announced leasing of the Earle 
theater on Atlantic Avenue, dark 
several years, to Joseph Quittner. 

The Capitol theater just installed 
new lobby and marquee. 

Hollywood theater, back to vaude- 
ville and pictures for winter, will go 
straight film in the spring:. 

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LAMPASAS— Rio (formerly Bailey). 


ABERNATHY — Abernathy (formerly 

Palace. BUCKHOLTS— Queen. CAMP 
WOOD — Beck. CANUTILLO — Julimes. 
CLINT— Clint. REALITOS — D u v a 1. 
ODEM — Palace, Odell. MUENSTER — 
Palace. MT. ENTERPRISE — Texan. 

MISSION — Electric. MINGUS — Opera 
House. BRYAN — Dixie. TRENTON — 

New Theaters 


Palace. VAN ALSTYNE— Aztec. ARLING- 
TON— Aggie. DALLAS— Azteca. AUSTIN 
—Varsity. HIGH ISLAND— Vida. WILLS 
POINT— Ritz. 

Change in Ownership 

BOUNTIFUL— Loma (formerly Bounti- 
ful) transferred to P. S. Guss. 


SANTAQUIN— Roxy (formerly Star). 

New Theaters 

SPRING VILLE — Ritz (formerly Star). 
PROVO — Uintah (formerly Crest). GAR- 
LAND — Garland (formerly Paramount). 
BRIGHAM CITY— Roxy (formerly Grand). 

Change in Ownership 

BELLOWS FALLS— Star, transferred to 
Interstate Circuit. BETHEL — Bethel, trans- 
ferred to Glen Woodbury. WINDSOR— 
Strand, transferred to F. Sharby. 

Change in Ownership 

TAKIMA — Lyric, transferred to Theodore 
Melotte. SPOKANE — Ritz, transferred to 
Peoples Amusement Corp. ; Post Street, trans- 
ferred to Peoples Amusement Corp : ; Em- 
press, transferred to Peoples Amusement 

Change in Name 

OKANOGAN — Avalon (formerly Para- 
mount). OMAK — Fox (formerly The Red 


Dickenson Theaters have trans- 
ferred Leslie Purdum from Parsons, 
Kans., to Creston, Iowa where he 
will be assistant manager in their 
theater there, 
manager of the Dickenson Theater 

Harry Brown has been appointed 
at Lawrence, Kans., and Bob Bur- 
dick, formerly manager of Dicken- 
son's house at Paola, Kans., has 
been moved to Independence, Kans., 
where he will succeed A. C. Wooten 
as manager of the Booth Theater. 
Wooten has left the Dickenson or- 

Jack Donahue, M-G-M traveling 
auditor who has been ill in St. Jos- 
eph's hospital with bronchial pneu- 
monia for several weeks is still in 
a serious condition and plans are 
being: made to move him to Sara- 
nac Lake within the next few days. 
Mrs. Donahue is here with him and 
will accompany him when he is 

Leonard Snyder has sold the Sny- 
der Theater at Ness City, Kans., to 
Ralph Larned who also operates a 
house at La Cross, Kansas. 

John Colopy who formerly op- 
erated a theater at Turon, Kans., is 
remodeling a building at Cunning- 
ham, Kans., which he will open soon 
as a motion picture theater. 

Plans are being made to move the 
club rooms and headquarters of the 
Variety Club downtown to a Film 
Row location. The rooms decided 
on at 118 West 18th St. will pro- 
vide ground floor space greater than 
that now occupied. 



New Theaters 

RENTON— Fay's Roxy. 

Change in Ownership 

HARTFORD — Alpine (formerly Hart- 
ford), transferred to Alpine Theater Circuit. 
ETHEL — Ethel, transferred to Jack Nelson. 
BRIDGEPORT — Warner (formerly Vir- 
ginia), transferred to C. E. Warner. RIPLEY 
— Palace, transferred to Ripley Theater Co. 


ner. HARTFORD — Alpine. HELEN — 
Helen. NELLIS— Nellis. 

Hollywood; Cabin Creek. LOGAN — Logan. 

New Theaters 

— Mannington. 

Change in Ownership 

HILLSBORO— New Royal, transferred to 
I. Biba. 

Change in Name 

OMRO — Annex (formerly High School 


son. WATEDLOO— Community. 


RACINE— State. 

New Theaters 

OMRO — Annex (formerly High School 
Annex). REEDSBURG— Sauk. 


Hagen. BURLINGTON— Hagen. 


George W. Sampson, has closed 
the firm of Sampson Theatrical Pre- 

Al Dezel, of Dezel Roadshows, has 
returned to the office after an attack 
of flu, while Frank Smith, editor 
of the Michigan Film Reporter, has 
been out a week from the same 

Price Theater premiums, operated 
by Arthur C. Robinson, has just 
taken over distribution of the first 
decalcomania pattern ever devised 
for premium chinaware. 

Dena Peripski, secretary to the 
assistant manager of RKO Exchange 
here for twelve years, is to be mar- 
ried Jan. 17 to Samuel Turken, non- 

Lester Sturm, Fox branch mana- 
ger, is recovering from recent oper- 
ation for appendicitis. 

Changes at Gaumont British Ex- 
change, in the Fox Building, in- 
clude Esther Milstein, new secre- 
tary, with Margaret Fisher han- 
dling booking. 

Wisper and Wetsman Circuit has 
enlarged the offices in the Fox The- 
ater Building. 

The Butterfield Circuit has opened 
the new Center Theater at Bay 
City, Mich. 



Tuesday, January 12, 1 937. 


Released thru UNITED ARTISTS 





Thursday, Jan. 14, 1937 


ARKANSAS— Hughes, Star. 

\RKANSAS— Des Arc, Dixie. 
New Theaters 

\RIZOXA— Springerville, El Rio. 

Change in Ownership 

COLFOX — Colfax, transferred to C. A. 
lith WEAVERVILLE — Victory, trans- 
red to Harry Butler. EL CENTRO— El 
ntro. transferred to Sam Dannenberg. LOS 
N'GELES — Elysian. transferred to Flor- 
ae theaters; Granada, transferred to Irene 
Irvine. XORWALK — Norwalk, trans- 
red to Ray Perkins Enterprises. 

F\GLE ROCK— Sierra (formerly Eagle 
.ck). LOS AXGELES— Royal. 

New Theaters 
James Ranch Theater. RAMOXA— Ra- 
r \CH— Anaheim. Cahart. FALLBROOK 
Mission. EL CENTRO— Broadway. 


EATON— Gala. 


LYONS— Lyons. 

Chansre in Ownership 

NEW HAVEN — State, transferred to 
eadow Bros. 

Change in Ownership 

TROY — Trov. transferred to Frank Itali- 
o CAVE IN ROCK- Orpheum (formerly 
trie), transferred to Farrar & Turner. 
\LATTA — Galatia. transferred to A. 
heerer. ROCK ISLAND— Roxy. trans- 
Ted to P. H. Nelson. GALESBURG— 
ala. transferred to W. W. Allen. CHI- 
\CO— Little Paramount, transferred to 
ncoln-Webster Theater Corp. & Ben Bano- 
tz; Gage Park, transferred to J. Steininger; 
.-line, transferred to Gavin & Nitsche. 

Change in Name 

BRIDGEPORT — Capitol (formerly Ana- 
le Theater). 


.eum (formerlv Lvric). WINNETKA— 
immunity. BLOOMINGTON— Majestic. 
^ge Park. Blaine. 


ODIN— Grand. MT. STERLING— Plez- 
. Ooera House. MASON CITY— Liberty. 
ALATIA — Galatia (formerly Lyric). 

New Theaters 


ITY — Arlee. MANTENO — New Manteno. 
EMENT— Bement. 

Change in Ownership 

ORLEANS — State, transferred to Clifford 
enderson. OOLITIC — Oolitic, transferred 
Denzell O'Neall. INDIANAPOLIS— 
incoln. transferred to Schwarz Am. Co., 
■ J. Schwarz; Udell, transferred to Harold 
mith. FT. BRANCH — Metro (formerly 
rand), transferred to E. L. Miller. 


FT. BRANCH — Metro (formerly Strand). 
POLIS— Roxy, Hollywood. OOLITIC— 
ixie. Oolitic. 


SSI AN — Strand. 

New Theaters 

LADOGO — Ladogo (formerly Fox). 
.NA— American. EVANSVILLE— Wash- 
gton. COLUMBIA CITY— Miller. 

Change in Ownership 

WOODBINE — Woodbine, transferred to 
has. Shaffer. PIERSON — Lyric, transferred 
> Business Men by F. L. McCurdy. OLIN 
-Plaza, transferred to Paul Swanson. GLEN- 
/OOD — Gem, transferred to H. B. Mullen. 

ES MOINES — Iowa, transferred to Lewis 
epivitz. BOONE — Strand, transferred to 
. W. Holt. AKRON— Empress, transferred 
i) V. W. Smith. 




RIRIE — Olive (formerly Jorgensen Cir- 
cuit Theater). 

Change in Ownership 

ALMA — Colonial, transferred to C. N. 
Clanton. MARION — Garden, transferred to 
A. W. Heyl. LACYGNE— Liberty, trans- 
ferred to Ray Miner. 

ALMA — Colonial. 

CULVER— Princess. BREWSTER— Liberty. 
New Theaters 
ANTHONY— Anthony. 

Change in Ownership 

CLAY — Clay, transferred to Walter Bey- 
mer. NEON — Bentley, transferred to Vir- 
ginia Amusement Co., L. O. Davis. BLUE 
DIAMOND — Blue Diamond, transferred to 
Virginia Amusement Co., L. O. Davis; 
Weeksbury, transferred to F. C. Sanders. 
Diamond. NEON— Bentley. 

New Theaters 
VI CCO— New. 

WALDO— Waldo. 


OIL CITY— Strand. RODESSA— Strand. 


LAND— Opera House. 



Change in Ownership 

LOWELL — Crown, transferred to M. 
Glickman. SALEM — Rialto, transferred to 
Alpert & Simon. GILBERTVILLE— Plaza, 
transferred to M. Lerner. 


SPRINGFIELD— Lyric (formerly Pine 

Change in Ownership 

DETROIT — Crescent, transferred to Eric 
Clarry. EVART— Lyric, transferred to F. A. 
Graham. DETROIT — Empire, transferred to 
Eddie Pasco. 


DETROIT— Holbrook, Booth (formerly 

New Theaters 

DETROIT — Westown, Nortown. FEN- 
KELL — Wyoming. 

Change in Ownership 

HAYFIELD — Hayfield, transferred to D. 
P. Oliphant. FOREST LAKE — Forest, trans- 
ferred to B. St. Anthony. 


CLINTON— Clinton. 


KARLSTAD — Karlstad. REDB Y — Ly- 
ceum. STARBUCK— New. 

New Theaters 


Coleraine. LITCHFIELD— New Hollywood. 

Change in Ownership 

MARKS — Folly, transferred to W. T. Ellis 
& P. E. Morris. 


BOONEVILLE— Princess. 

ASHLAND— Ashland. TCHULA— Tex. 

Change in Ownership 

ferred to Dale S. Bressler. MARCELINE— 
Cantwell, transferred to R. C. Jones. OSCE- 
OLA — New Osceola, transferred to G. C. 
Coffman. SWEET SPRINGS— Mida (form- 
erly Star), transferred to D. J. Foley. 


ST. LOUIS— Grand O. H. 
New Theaters 

TINA— Tina. ST. LOUIS— Will Rogers. 

New Theaters 

KALISPELL— Roxy (formerly Orpheum). 

Change in Ownership 

AINSWORTH— Ainsworth, transferred to 
Roy Syfert. ARNOLD — Rialto, transferred 
to Glen Van Wey. BEEMER— Gem, trans- 
ferred to Raymond Dahl. CLEARWATER— 
Palace, transferred to Henry Vienker. COOK 
— Cook, transferred to Ernest Grundman. 
FARNAM — Farnam, transferred to Dean 
Rice. GIBBON— Gibbon, transferred to H. 
L. Beuck. NORTH BEND— Bend, trans- 
ferred to E. L. Johnson. OMAHA — Winn, 
transferred to Sam Stern. 

IMPERIAL — Kiva. OMAHA — Winn. 
WINSIDE— Winside. 


BLUFF— Oto. AINSWORTH— Ainsworth. 

Change in Ownership 

ENFIELD— Enfield, transferred to H. S. 


ENFIELD— Enfield. 

Change in Ownership 

CLIFFSIDE— Rex, transferred to Mr. 
Leon Nash. 



Change in Ownership 

ALBANY — Arbor, transferred to Alfred 
Dundon, Jr. BROOKLYN— Rugby, 823 
I'tica Ave., transferred to Redfield Operat- 
ing Corp. ; Grove, 474 Wilson Ave., trans- 
ferred to Jeff Will Amusement Co., Inc. ; 
New United, 297 Myrtle Ave., transferred to 
S. R. F. Amusement Corp. ; Lincoln, 1521 
Bedford Ave, transferred to Mira Amuse- 
ment Inc. BRONX — Crest, Odgen 
Ave., transferred to Ogden Theater 
Corp.; 174th St. Theater, 174th St. & Boston 
Rd., transferred to Interboro Circuit Inc. 
CEDARHURST, Long Island — Central, 
transferred to Washport Realties, Inc. LONG 
ISLAND— Haven, 8014 Jamaica Ave., Rich- 
mond Hill, transferred to Woodhaven The- 
ater, Inc.; Hobart, 31st St. & 54th Ave., 
Woodside, transferred to Interboro Circuit, 
Inc. ; Meridan, 16 Newton Ave., Astoria, 
L. I., transferred to Rudolph Zalowitz. MAN- 
HASSET, Long Island — Manhasset, trans- 
ferred to Skouras Theaters Corp. MARCEL- 
LUS — Strand (formerly Marcellus), trans- 
ferred to C. E. Cantor. MT. VERNON— Bilt- 
more, transferred to Mt. Vernon Biltmore, 
Inc. NEW YORK CITY— Craft, 232nd St. 
& Broadway, transferred to Mr. Julius Gukis 
& Mr. Dave Rosenzweig. ; Lyric, 213 West 
42nd St., transferred to Lyric Enterprises, 
Inc.; Selwyn, 229 West 42nd St., transferred 
to Brandt Circuit.; Stanley, 70 7th Ave., 
transferred to The Landon Theater Corp. 
SUFFERN -- Lafayette, transferred to 
Skouras Theaters Corp. SYRACUSE — 
Avon, transferred to Smith Chain Theaters. 
C. E. Smith. 


Palace. CALEDONIA— State. 


Casino. HENSONVILLE — Hensonville. 
—Opera House. BOLTON LDG.— Rex. 

Change in Ownership 

CHERRYVILLE— Strand, transferred to 
Black's Inc. BURHAM — Russell, transferred 
to J. W. Deny. GREENSBORO— State, 
transferred to White Amusement Co. HIGH 
POINT — Temple (formerly Delano The- 
ater), transferred to White Amusement Co. 


DUNN— Lincoln. 

New Theaters 

HILL — New Standard. ASHEBORO — 

Change in Ownership 

LANGDON — Roxy, transferred to A. 
Abelson. MINNEWAUKEN— Roxy (form- 
erly Grand), transferred to Roxy Theater Co. 


Change in Ownership 

BERNALILIO — Gem s transferred to 
James Silva. 


RUIDOSO— Crystal. 

Change in Ownership 

CINCINNATI — New Liberty, transferred 
to W. Corbus. ; Rialto, transferred to alley 
Amusement Co. g 

Ch .ige in Name 

NEW RICHMOND — Dodge (formerly 
Opera House). COLUMBUS— Lyric (form- 
erly Franklin). 




LERSPORT— Pythian. 


ROCKAWAY — Rockaway. SENECA — 
Olive. MOLALLA— Lyric. 

New Theaters 
OSWEGO— Lake. 


Change in Ownership 

APOLLO — Strand, transferred to Louis 
Ponsetta. ASPINWALL — Aspin, transferred 
to D. Leff. ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth, 
transferred to J. Booth. KITTANNING— 
Lyceum, transferred to Dipson Theatrical 
Enterprises. RAMEY — Pastime, transferred 
to W. J. Blatt. WILKES-BARRE— Palace, 
transferred to Joseph Zima. CLIFTON 
HEIGHTS— Clifton, transferred to Thos. E. 
Burns, Jr. SHREWSBURY— Trail, trans- 
ferred to Robert E. Miller. TOWER CITY 
— American, transferred to Tower Theater 
Co. FREELAND — Rialto, transferred to 
Refowich Theater Co. 


PHILADELPHIA — Cadet, President. 
Rialto. ELLSWORTH— Ellsworth. 


New Theaters 
LANDING— Parker. 

Change in Ownership 

WOONSOCKET — Park, transferred to 
Fred Greene. 


PA WTUCKET— Music Hall. 


-Palace. PASCOAG— Star. 

New Theaters 
GAFFNEY— Cherokee. 

Change in Ownership 

MARIAN — Marian, transferred to Chas. 


VEBLEN— Ritz. SELBY— Opera House. 
PRESHO— Lyric. 

New Theaters 



Change in Ownership 

DIMMIT — Rio (formerly Alamo or Cas- 
tro), transferred to B. E. Purdue. WEIMAR 
— Texas (formerly Palace Theater), trans- 
ferred to D. F. Luckie. EDINBURG— Aztec, 
transferred to W. G. Undergood. LADONIA 
— Rolaine, transferred to Fred Foster. 

Change in Name 

NAPLES— Inez (formerly Naples). LOR- 
AIN& — Rialto (formerly Loraine). 

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Schine Co. Decentralizes 

Advertising Activities 

Gloversville — The Schine Theatri- 
cal Co., Inc., with 92 theaters in 
northern New York, Ohio and Ken- 
tucky, is decentralizing its advertis- 
ing activities. Both the home office 
advertising department and the pub- 
lication of the weekly house organ 
will be discontinued. 

The control of the advertising 
budgets and general advertising and 
exploitation will be directly under 
the supervision of the district man- 
agers: Gus Lampe for the southern 
New York district, William Heiss 
for the northern, Clinton Young for 
the central, Howard Carroll for the 
Buffalo and Rochester theaters; 
Milton Schosberg and Eugene Cus- 
ter for Ohio and Kentucky under 
Division Manager Louis Lazar. 

David F. Perkins, formerly direc- 
tor of advertising and publicity, is 
accepting a position with a major 
producing company and Sander 
Lazar, assistant to Perkins, will go 
to Ohio. E. Douglas Leishman will 
be in the field. 

GE Announces Three New 
Copper-Oxide Rectifiers 

Thx - ee new copper-oxide rectifiers 
for motion picture projection service, 
announced by the General Electric 
Company's Appliance and Merchan- 
dise Department, Bridgeport, Conn., 
employ the established principles of 
rectification used in previous models 
and feature two-piece construction, 
simplified steel bracket mounting, an 
efficient cooling system, remote con- 
trol, and a new system of fusing. 

The new units retain the same 
number of copper-oxide elements for 
respective ratings as were used in 
previous units, and the same output 
ratings have been maintained. 

Better Films Group Elects 

East St. Louis, 111.— Miss Elsie 
Clanahan of Oak Knoll was elected 
President of *the East St. Louis 
Better Films Council at the fourth 
annual meeting of the organiza- 
tion. Miss Clanahan is also Illi- 
nois State Chairman of Motion Pic- 
tures of the State Federation of 
Women's Clubs. Other officers se- 
lected by the Films Council are: 
Vice Presidents, Mrs. Ralph M. 
Hill, Mrs. Frank C. Smith and Mrs. 
John E. Weese; Recording Secre- 
tary, Mrs. L. G. Osborn; Corre- 
sponding Secretary, Mrs. Rothwell 
E. Poole, and Treasurer, Mrs. W. F. 

The Council sponsors a radio 
bi'oadcast review of current motion 
pictures, etc., Saturday mornings 
from WTMV. 

Lowenstein, Kiwanis Delegate 

Oklahoma City — Morris Lowen- 
stein, president of the Oklahoma 
M. P. T. 0., and Sol Davis, business 
manager of Republic, are on a two- 
week visit to Mexico City, where 
Lowenstein goes as a delegate to 
the International Kiwanis conven- 

Reviews of Hew TUms 


with Flora Robson, Laurence Olivier, 
Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Raymond 
United Artists 90 mins. 


Here is another important picture from 
London Films, directed with taste, intel- 
ligence and imagination by William K. 
Howard. Dominating the offering in act- 
ing is Flora Robson as Queen Elizabeth. 
Here for the first time, the English Queen 
is shown as considerate and human. Al- 
though much of the spectacular is intro- 
duced, the love story of Laurence Olivier, 
English spy, and Vivien Leigh, of the 
Queen's Court is never dwarfed. The pro- 
duction is eye-filling, and a special bow 
is due James Wong Howe as photographer. 
The cutting is of the best, with Olivier 
as a dashing figure certain to please femme 
fans. A delightful performance is that of 
Morton Selten, as the Queen's keeper of 
the ex-chequer. Raymond Massey is high- 
ly effective as the King of Spain. Others 
who are outstanding are Leslie Banks and 
Tamara Desni. Olivier, after proving his 
loyalty to the Queen, is sent to Spain to 
uncover the Spanish King's plans to send 
his Armada against England. When Olivier 
fails to supply the names of the English 
traitors in league with Massey, the Spanish 
monarch, Massey orders Olivier imprisoned. 
Olivier manages to escape and returns to 
England with valuable information for the 
Queen. Through resourcefulness the Eng- 
lish repulse the Spanish fleet. Erich Pom- 
mer rates credit as the producer. 

Cast: Flora Robson, Laurence Olivier, 
Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Raymond Mas- 
sey, Tamara Desni, Morton Selten, Henry 
Oscar, Lawrence Hanray, Roy Russell, How- 
ard Douglas, Cecil Mainwaring, Francis De 
Woolfe, Graham Cheswright, George Thir- 
v/eil, A. Curney Grain, Herbert Lomas, 
Bobby Newton, Donald Calthrop, Charles 
Carson, Lynn Harding, Robert Rendell. 

Producer, Erich Pommer; Director, Wil- 
liam K. Howard; Author, A, E. W. Mason; 
Screenplay, Ciemence Dane, Sergei Nol- 
bandov; Cameraman, James Wong Howe; 
Editor, John Denis; Art Director, Meersen. 

Direction, Tops. Photography, The Best. 


Husband"), German dialogue film, a Terra- 
Film production; story by Oscar Wilde, di- 
rected by Herbert Selpin, with Carl Ludwig 
Diehl, Brigitte Helm, Annie Markart, Georg 
Alexander, et al, in cast. Presented at 
85th St. Casino Theater. 

Feature is German version of novel by 
Oscar Wilde. More sophisticated, and 
pitched in a higher social key than most 
contemporary screen dramas exported to 
America, film recites familiar story of 
vicissitudes of titled Englishman whose 
marital life is threatened by his past. With 
advantages of splendid casting and skill- 
ful acting, picture possesses considerable 
power to entertain. It is well photographed 
and directed. 


with Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Robert 

Cummings, Louis DaPron 
Paramount 72 mins. 


Author Davis Garth put a dash of about 
every form of screen entertainment into 
this feature, which, as a result, is most ac- 
curately described as a romantic musical 
comedy-mystery melodrama. Most of sit- 
uations and twists have been frequently 
used by Hollywood scenarists. Consequent- 
ly, such originality as story and screenplay 
present is derived from putting all com- 
ponents together. One of vehicle's chief 
purposes appears to be the unleashing of 
Martha Raye's rollicking, raucous, swing 
rhythm vocalizing. In this the film suc- 
ceeds, — plus affording romance-starved pic- 
ture patrons with swell chance to root for 
Shirley Ross' conquest of handsome Robert 
Cummings, who is cast as a youthful, hard 
to-get millionaire. Main title and credit 
titles are given decided punch by super- 
imposing names of players and technicians 
over backgrounds of automobile highways 
being traversed by a speeding roadster. 
Concluding title background is picture's 
initial scene, which portrays Shirley Ross 
stopping to shed her wedding gown; change 
into a trim traveling suit, and speeding on. 
In her flight she meets Cummings, — young, 
substantial, wealthy. He shields her, as 
best his conscience will permit, from the 
police. But it develops that she did not 
steal a certain missing necklace, but is 
a fugitive from matrimonial union with a 
criminal bogus Count. She does, how- 
ever, steal Cummings' heart, hook, line and 
sinker. During the episodes, Martha Raye 
sings torridly; the real thief is apprehend- 

Cast: Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Robert 
Cummings, Monroe Owsley, Louis DaPron, 
Wilma Francis, Elizabeth Russell, Ray Wal- 
ker, Ed Brophy, Robert Middlemass'. 

Producer, A M. Botsford; Director, 
George Archainbaud; Author, David Garth; 
Screenplay, Joseph Moncure March; Cam- 
eraman, George Clemens; Editor, Arthur 

Direction, Good. Photography, A-l. 


"Free Rent" 


18 mins. 

Good Gags 

An adventure with a trailer, as 
Monty Collins and Tom Kennedy 
take their combined families on the 
road where they can live cheaply and 
have a lot of fun. They meet with 
nothing but trouble, and can find no 
place to camp with all the pro- 
hibitory signs they find everywhere. 
Such mishaps as the trailer rolling 
down a hill into a lake, and being 
parked in a tunnel when they think 
night has come on suddenly, make 
this a very lively and funny short. 
Both Collins and Kennedy do swell 
work. Story by Al Ray. Directed 
by Del Lord. 

Hays Voices Industry's 

Grief on Spearing Death' 

Will H. Hays, president of the; 
Motion Picture Producers and Dis- 
tributors of America, Inc., issued] 
the following statement on the! 
death of James Oliver Spearing, au-i 
tomobile editor and first motion pic- 
ture critic of The New York Times: 
"The motion picture industry notes' 
with regret the passing of James; 
Oliver Spearing. 

"His effective usefulness in the] 
early days, his constructive writing 
during his years as motion picture 
critic, his understanding of the] 
problems of the art during that pe- ; 
riod, all helped point the way both! 
for the industry's development and] 
for his successors in similar ser-j 

Nat Wolf Is Feted 

Cleveland — Forty managers oi 
Warner theaters in Ohio and Ken-; 
tucky feted Nat Wolf, division man-, 
ager in this zone, at a testimonia 
dinner at the Carter Hotel, thei 
event marking his fifth anniversary' 
in Cleveland. Joseph Bernhard I 
Harry Goldberg, Stewart McDon- I 
aid and A. A. Viguard of the home j 
office were among those present. 

Meyer Schine Re-elected 

Buffalo — Film circles upstate are 
congratulating Meyer Schine, head! 
of Schine Enterprises, of Glovers- 
ville, on his re-election for his third 
term as president of the State Fed- 
eration of Young Men's and Wo- 
men's Hebrew Associations, and 
also Herbert T. Silverberg, Buffalo, 
widely known film attorney, on his 
election as vice-fpresident of the 

Coleman to Build House 

Mount Carmel, 111. — Theodore! 
Coleman, owner of the American! 
Theater, has awarded a contract to r 8 
Jett Brothers of Fairfield, 111., fori 
the construction of a new 700-seatjl 
motion picture theater house here. I 
Plans and specifications for the J 
building were prepared by 0. W.I 

Kimball Signs Berger 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY' 
Hollywood — Fenn Kimball, Presi- 
dent of General Pictures, has signec 
Ralph Berger as Art Director. Ber- 
ger's first assignment for Genera" 
will be "Three Legionnaires", for 
which "Man Mountain" Dean has-i 
been signed by Bob Welsh for a com- 
edy role. 

Woman Exhib. Injured 

Milo, Me.— Mrs. Walter Mills, op-; 
erating the Milo Theater, was in-i 
jured when her car skidded on an 
icy street just outside the city andi 

$100,000 House for Aiken 

Aiken, S. C— The State Theater 
Corp., of which H. B. Ram is man- 
ager and director, will construct a 
$100,000 motion picture theater. 





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Western Electric and Erpi in New 
York for $15,000,000 charging vio- 
lation of the Sherman and Clayton 
pnti-trust acts. 

In refusing to set aside the de- 
fault decree, Judge Forman said 
that there was but one inference 
and that is that the defendant, Bio- 
phone Corp. did not intend to de- 
fend these suits until it was deemed 
expedient so to do in the light of 
its litigation elsewhere. The liti- 
gation referred to was the $15,000,- 
000 damage suit Biophone, a form- 
er manufacturer of sound equip- 
ment, brought against Western 
Electric charging that it had been 
put out of business by an illegal 
I conspiracy in restraint of trade. 

Virginia MPTO to Meet 

At Richmond on Feb. 11 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Virginia, Inc., which will open Feb. 
11 at the John Marshall Hotel here. 
A new board of directors and of- 
ficers will be elected. A trade show- 
ing exhibition of film theater equip- 
ment will be an auxiliary feature of 
the convention which will close with 
a dinner-dance and floor show. 

Retiring officers of the organiza- 
tion are: Morton G. Thalhimer, 
president; A. E. Lichtman, A. Frank 
O'Brien, R. C. Overby, Hunter Per- 
ry, Ben Pitts, Wm. S. Wilder, vice- 
presidents; Harold Wood, secretary, 
and Charles A. Somma, treasurer. 

Boston Projectionists End 
Fight on 2,000 Foot Reel 

Boston — The Boston Projection- 
ists' Union has decided to give up 
the fight against 2,000 foot reels. 
In a statement to The Film Daily, 
President Thad C. Barrows said: 
"After four months of splitting the 
so-called 2,000 foot reels the projec- 
tionists of this city feel that they 
have done their share to discourage 
what we term a fire hazard. Wc 
now await the decision from the 
Massachusetts Department of Pub- 
lic Safety." 

Visionola Corp. to Chicago 

Detroit — The Visionola Manufac- 
turing and Sales Corporation, manu- 
facturing a new type of projector 
designed for home use, as well as 
a model designed to show films for 
promotional displays in the lobbies 
of theaters, has closed offices in the 
Michigan Theater Building and 
moved to Chicago. Henry P. Zapp, 
organizer of the company, is now 
booker for United Detroit Theaters. 

Clerics Weigh Jackpots 

Charlotte, N. C. — The Charlotte- 
Mecklenberg Ministerial Association has 
directed its Committee on Moral Rela- 
tions to determine whether jackpots and 
other giveaways in vogue in exhibitor 
circles hereabouts are gambling devices. 


Thursday, Jan. 14,1937 

NEWS of the DAY 

Milwaukee — Hollywood Enter- 
prises, Inc., has filed articles of 
incorporation here for the opera- 
tion of an amusement business. In- 
corporators are Frank Branen, Lola 
E. Knapp and Leo D. Swidler. 

Weyauwega, Wis. — New. projec- 
tion equipment and new screen are 
being installed in the Opera House 

Detroit - - The Priscilla Theater 
Corporation has been incorporated 
to operate the east side house just 
taken over by Thomas D. Moule and 
David I. Newman, of the Pasadena 
and Chandler Theaters. Dr. I. S. 
Katzman is also a stockholder. 

Daytona Beach, Fla. — The Flor- 
ida theater is being reopened for 
the season, says manager J. L. Cart- 
wright. The house has been re- 

Delray Beach, Fla. — The Roxy 
Theater has opened for the season, 
to operate Saturday, Sunday and 
Monday of each week. 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Reconstruct- 
ed at a cost of more than $40,000 
the Roxy Theater has been re-, 
opened, replacing the old Alcazar. 
H. C. Griffith is manager. 

Hollywood, Fla. — The Aladdin 
theater has been purchased by the 
Sparks interests and will be oper- 
ated under the name of "State." 
Approximately $15,000 will be spent 
in reconditioning the plant. 

Sanford, Fla. — A three-day-week 
policy has been adopted at the Prin- 
cess theater. If conditions later war- 
rant a change the house will be 
operated on full time. 

Ashdown, Ark. — Barton R. Mc- 
Lendon, of Atlanta, Tex., has bought 
the Dixie theater here from B. K. 
Walker. McLendon owns theaters 
at Atlanta, Pittsburg, and De Kalb, 
Tex., and two at Idabel, Okla. 

Detroit — Holbrook Theater, north 
end Negro house, recently opened 
by Lee Carrow and Carl Retter, has 
been closed again. 

Sweet Home, Ore. — The first mo- 
tion picture theater to be erected 
here will be opened early in March 
by George Gessler, who has let con- 
tract to Western Theater Equip- 
ment Co., Portland, to fully equip 
the 450-seat house. 

Island Pond, Vt. — Art Sharby is 
remodeling the Star Theater and 
will rename it the Roxy. 

Fort Worth, Tex.— John Sparks 
III has been made manager of the 
Rose Theater. John Sparks, Jr., 
father of the new manager, is a 
projectionist at the same theater. 

Jefferson City, Mo. — Certificates 
of incorporation have been issued 

by the Secretary of State's office 
to the Castle Theater Co. and the 
De Ray Theater Corp., both of Kan- 
sas City. The Castle Theater Co.'s 
incorporators were: Michael Elio- 
poulous, Nick Giokaris, and Tom 
Karnazes. The De Ray Theater 
has as incorporators R. P. Brous, 
E. L. Ellis, and M. K. Jackson. 

Salem, Mo. — F. V. Mercer of 
Perryville, Mo., will open bids Fri- 
day on the construction of a new 
600-seat motion picture theater 
here. Johnson & Maack, Chemical 
Building, St. Louis, are the archi- 

Newark, O. — John O. Carlin, head 
of the Carlin Amusement Co. of 
Baltimore, and leasee of Buckeye 
Lake Park, near here, has purchased 
the Odd Fellows Building for $75,- 

Toledo, O. — Westwood and West 
Park theaters, heretofore owned by 
the East Side Amusement Co., will 
be operated by individual compan- 
ies, Westwood, Inc., and West Park, 
Inc., recently chartered by the sec- 
retary of state. 

Providence — Royal theater, in 
Olneyville section of city, under 
lease to E. M. Loew ch'cuit but 
dark for almost a year, will be oper- 
ated Sundays only for the present. 
Henry Tobin, manager of E. M. 
Loew circuit's Olympia theater in 
the same section of city, handling 
the house. 

Lakota, N. D. — Milton Zimmer- 
man is the new skipper of the Cap- 
itol Theater. 

Clear Lake, la. — C. E. Carragher 
is remodeling and re-equipping his 
Park Theater. 

Jacksonville, Fla. — Frank Rogers, 
contract manager for E. J. Sparks 
Circuit, and Miss Flora Korch, 
Sparks' personal secretary, have 
moved their offices to the Congress 
Building, Miami, for the Winter sea- 
son. Mr. Rogers was recently named 
a member of Governor Fred Cone's 
Florida Racing Commission. 

Kaukauna. Wis. — Mark Morgan 
expects to open his new 500-seat 
Rialto theater here late in January. 

New London, Wis. — New projec- 
tion equipment and screen has been 
installed ill the Mer Mac theater 

Crandon, Wis. — The new Palace 
theater has been opened here under 
the direction of Robert Netzel. 

Detroit — The Garden Amusement 
Co., Wisper and Wetsman Circuit 
operating company for the Eastown 
Theater, is being changed to the 
Eastown Theater Co., Inc. 

Winnsboro, Tex. — The Amusu has 
been remodeled and refurnished. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

because of further appreciation of 
its reader interest, according to S. 
Barret McCormick, RKO Radio pub- 
licity and advertising chief. 

"Motion picture news today is in 
demand," said McCormick. This is 
due to the actual news interest of 
motion pictures and the activities 
of film people. The gain has been 
marked in the past six to eight 

McCormick said that the success 
of a film publicity department to- 
day lay in the furnishing of motion 
picture news as news and not in 
functioning as a publicity depart- 
ment. RKO Radio has introduced 
a variety of specialized services to 
meet this demand, he disclosed. 

Standard Synchronizing 

System to Rule Cameras 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — William Koenig, 
chairman of the Academy Research 
Council, has announced the adop- 
tion of a new standard synchroniz- 
ing system for cameras, which has 
been developed for use by the pro- 
ducing companies participating in 
the Academy Research Council co- 
operative technical program. 

This standard represents a co- 
ordination of technical practice and 
equipment in the production indus- 
try, and will result in an economy 
in production by the studios and will 
also be of great value to the camera 
rental companies inasmuch as it 
will provide for the interchangeable 
use of cameras equipped with the 
standard synchronizing system in 
all studios without the alteration of 
auxiliary equipment. 

In a technical bulletin to be dis- 
tributed throughout the industry 
the Research Council will present a 
complete account of the history of 
the negotiations leading to the 
adoption of this standard, as well 
as complete specifications for the 
system, and drawings showing the 
application of the standard to the 
various types of cameras now in use 
in the studios. 

Jurists at V. C. Event 

Buffalo — • Three Supreme Court 
justices, several city judges, and 
other representatives of county and 
city governments were guests of 
honor at the installation dinner of 
the Variety Club, when Chief Bark- 
er Jacob Lavene and his staff, 
changed in only three directorships, 
took over 1937 duties. A parchment, 
signed by the membership, was 
presented to Lavene. More than 100 
were on hand for the affair. 

Garage to Become Theater! 

Franklin, Tenn. — Here's the equivalent 
of the classic "Man bites dog": 

Franklin Theater Co. will convert a 
two-story garage into a film theater at 
a cost of $25,000. 

NJMITE about 


This illustration and others 
like it by Saul Tepper, Herbert 
Roese and Tony Gablik are 
included in the unusual adver- 
tising campaign provided in 
the press book for this picture. 



Humphrey Bogart, unfor- 
getably established in 'Pet- 
rified Forest', heads the cast 
of Warners' most daring ex- 
pose since 'I Am a Fugitive'! 

and license the 
Warners have put 
together a crying 
indictment of only 
one phase of the 
political and relig- 
ious bigotry that 
continues to stalk 
this land of the 
free and the brave. 
Little need was 
present to let Hol- 
lywood scenarists 
loose on an imag- 
ination tour There was enough and 
more in the amazing and actual history 
of the terroristic organization to load 
any single feature with explosives. . . . 

It is all there. While the foreword 
makes it very clear that what follows 
is based on no actual incidents or on 
fact itself, this will de- 
ceive no one who looks 
and, we hope, millions will 
for the good it has a 
chance of doing. Get no 
idea, moreover, that the 
Warners went public-spir- 
ited and sacrified their 
commitment to entertain. 
Not at all. It merely hap- 
pens that this is one of 
those infrequent cases 
where a picture not only 
tells a chapter that ought 
to be told, but also tells it 
in terms of brutal and easily understood 
drama. "The Black Legion" moves mo- 
tion pictures one notch forward in the 
recognition, eventually to come, that, al- 
though films may be designed chiefly to 
entertain, they must also go beyond in 
the cause of social problems. . . . 

All of this may sound like a wide and 
flying leap off the deep end on behalf 

Respected everywhere for 
their force and integrity are 
Red Kann's -picture analyses. 
This one is reprinted from 
M. P. Daily of Dec. 30th. 

of one lone attraction. It may even read 
like the hailing of the perfect picture. It 
is not the perfect picture. The earlier 
episodes, planting the contentment of 
Humphrey Bogart and his family, are 
extended and stretched pretty thin, no 
doubt to sharpen the contrast which fol- 
lows his oath to the Black Legion, its 
incendiarisms, its floggings, its beatings 
and its murders. The strength is there 
because it is thoroughly inherent in the 
subject matter, the drama in the estab- 
lished record. Whitling its mass down, 
concentrating on highlights and filming 
them in climactic order — these are what 
Mayo has done. The story he was tell- 
ing seemed well nigh impossible to 

The director grafted an excellent cast 
and striking types and saw to it that 
they did their tasks well. Bogart is 
splendid as the mechanic 
caught up in the false pas- 
sions of the Legion ; Erin 
O'Brien - Moore is very 
good as a wife. Inexorably 
and as it happened, the 
story moves to its close. 
Bogart, ready to face the 
music and leaning on the 
court to protect his threat- 
ened wife and child, in a 
torrent unleashed crum- 
bles the fake defense, in- 
dicts his brother legion- 
naires. The sort of news- 
paper headline yarn which they do bet- 
ter than the others, you can thank the 
Warners and Mayo for no compromise 
finish, no phony end-of-the-sunset clinch. 

Bogart goes to prison for the remainder 
of his life and along with him his crim- 
inal associates. They should have. They, 
or their counterparts, did in reality and 
on the screen they do it again. . . 

A Fistful of DY 



.k m Editor, Motion Picture Daily 

CELLULOID dynamite. That's 
"The Black Legion." Word has 
been trickling through from the 
coast for weeks now about this Warner 
picture. Archie Mayo spoke about little 
else when he was around a fistful of 
weeks back. But he directed and reserva- 
tions seemed conservative, if not in 
order. Yet, now and fresh from the pro- 
jection room, we recall the points he 
stressed, how he had persisted in his be- 
lief that this was an important job by 
the nature of the material and not from 
his part in it. In most instances, the 
good Hollywood folk talking about their 
own handiwork, must be pardoned for 
exaggeration ; the coast air. In the in- 
stance of Mayo who has ranted and 
raved against routine stories and mes- 
sage-less vehicles, he is to be believed. 
Then, there was Harry Warner, who not 
far back, spoke off the record about this 
picture and urged that it be seen the 
minute available. . . . 

Yesterday brought that minute. It 
brought a lot of minutes and most of 
them were jam-crammed through with 
excitement and horror and repulsion 
over the sorry reflection that, in this 
day and in these times, a monstrous, 
outside-the-law thing, such as the Black 
Legion, could exist and even thrive. Yet, 
of course, it did. The newspapers were 
full months ago and from the factual 
record and with little story embroidery 


Thursday, Jan. 14,1937 



A "JUJktU" $C6*» Uottuwood "£ois 




'THREE smart girls are. doing al- 
right for themselves at Univers- 
al City. The three smart girls 
are Deanna Durhin, Barbara Read 
and Nan Grey. 

Deanna Durbin, whose debut pic- 
ture is "Three Smart Girls," is al- 
ready having a starring story writ- 
ten for her by Hans Kraly and that 
story will be produced and directed 
by Joe Pasternak and Henry Ros- 
ter, the same men who handled 
"Three Smart Girls." 

Barbara Read has been loaned 
out, which is Hollywood's surest 
sign of having made a hit, and yes- 
terday she was also cast in an im- 
portant role in Universal's sequel 
to "All Quiet On the Western Front" 
called "The Road Back," being pro- 
duced by James Whale. 

Nan Gray was yesterday cast 
with Judith Barrett in an important 
role in the picture which Harold 
Young was borrowed by Universal 
to direct. It's original title was 
"The Stones Cry Out" and it was 
written by Rochard Wormser. The 
studio is looking for a new produc- 
ing title. 

T T T 

Ferrin Fraser, novelist, fiction 
and radio writer has been signed 
by Columbia to work on the script 
of "Jungle Menace," which will star 
Frank Buck in Columbia's first 
serial. Mr. Fraser is also the au- 
thor of the original story. 
t y t 

David Niven has been borrowed 
by David 0. Selznick from Samuel 
Goldwyn for the part of Fritz von 
Tarlenheim in the Anthony Hope 
story "The Prisoner of Zenda," 
Selznick International production, 
which will star Ronald Colman. 

Casting assignments: RKO Radio 
— Joan Fontaine, "Wings of Mercy" 
(femme lead) ; Winstead "Doodles" 
Weaver, "Escadrille"; Universal — 
Walter Connolly, "Delay in the 
Sun"; Warners — Mary Maguire, 
"Kid Galahad." 

T T T 

Production activities on "The 
Love Trap," being produced for 

GE Orders in 1936 Show 

Advance of $79,386,632 

Purchases by film industry are 
expected to be revealed as playing 
substantial part in General Elec- 
tric's $79,386,632 increase in orders 
during 1936 as compared with 1935. 
Last year, according to preliminary 
report by Gerard Swope, company's 
gross orders from all sources ag- 
gregated $296,748,219, as against 
$217,361,587 in 1935. GE's annual 
report will be issued latter part of 
next March. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 27 • • • 
/^EORGE L. BAGNALL. Executive studio manager, Paramount. Born, Mul- 
^"^ lingar, Ireland, May 24, 1896. Educated in public schools of Galway, 
Ireland; graduated from Exeter College. Went to Alberta, Canada, where he 
took his place as a public acountant and earned 
the degree of C.A. Served in war for four years, 
after which he went to New York as a public 
accountant with firm of Touche, Niven and Co. 
Next went to Atlanta, Ga., as comptroller for 
Davison, Paxon & Stokes, affiliated with R. H. 
Mjcy Co., New York. Joined Fox Film Corp. 
October, 1928, as comptroller at West Coast 
Studio and was placed in charge of all finances 
in June, 1930. In 1935, became studio treas- 
urer of Paramount. Was elected president of 
Paramount Studio Club in 1936. Hobbies: reading 
and golf. Married. Has two sons, Michael and 
George. Hair, brown. Eyes, brown. Stands 6 ft. 

Paramount by B. P. Schulberg, have 
been halted by the illness of Gail 
Patrick, who is co-starred in this 
film with Ricardo Cortez. Miss Pat- 
rick will be away from the studio 
for a week or 10 days, according to 
her physician, because of an attack 
of influenza. 

Camera work on "Internes Can't 
Take Money" has been interrupted 
by the illness of Alfred Santell, di- 
rector of the film, who is suffering 
from a severe cold. Joel McCrea, 
who appears with Barbara Stan- 
wyck in the leading roles in this 
picture, has returned to the studio 
after an attack of influenza. 

T ▼ T 

Grand National has signed John 
P. Medbury, columnist and national- 
ly recognized humorist to write the 
dialogue for "Killers of the Sea" 
now being completed by Raymond 
Friedgen at International Studio. 
The film is scheduled for release in 
late February. 

Frank Forest, who appeared in 
"The Big Broadcast of 1937" and 
"Champagne Waltz," has left on a 
concert tour, which will include 20 
cities. While in New York he will 
make a guest appearance on the 
RCA Magic Key Hour. 

B. B. Ray of Reliable Pictures has 
placed "Santa Fe Rides" into pro- 
duction. It is a musical Western, 
starring Bob Custer. "Silver Trail" 
is also before the cameras, with Rin- 
Tin-Tin, Jr., and Rex Lease head- 
ing the cast. 

Armida, a Gus Edwards protege, 
will play dates in Los Angeles and 
San Francisco. Negotiations are 
now pending, whereby she will re- 
enter pictures. She recently filled a 
four-weeks engagement in Mexico 

Weeks Sets First Runs 

for Indianapolis, Chi. 

George W. Weeks, GB general 
sales head, yesterday announced 
closing of first run deals on "The 
Woman Alone" and "Man of Af- 
fairs." Dave Chatkin has booked 
both productions for the Circle in 
Indianapolis while Balaban & Katz 
have contracted for "Man of Af- 
fairs" for Chicago. 

So. Calif. Movie Receipts 
Up 35 p.c, Bank Declares 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — "An estimated 35 
per cent rise in gross receipts is 
evidence of the favorable year en- 
joyed in the motion picture indus- 
try," the research department of the 
Security-First National Bank of 
Los Angeles says in the January 
summary of business conditions in 
Southern California. 

Higher Education Is Catching Up With the Movies! 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Berkeley, Calif. — Higher education is catching up with the movies. 
At least, it's got as far as the sub-title era. 

Dr. Anthony F. Blanks, conducting a new course in the history of moving pictures 
at the University of California, explains that the sub-title pest of the silents was the 
result of the big millinery then worn by femme moviegoers. The strain to read the 
sub-title before it disappeared and before the pest could make the necessary maneuvers 
to circumvent the millinery in front of him took his mind off of other aspects of 
the siruafion. 

AI Wilson, who was productio 
manager on "Join the Marines" an 
"Old Lady Ironsides," will serve i 
the same capacity on "The Hit Pai 
ade," at Republic. 

The European stage dramij 
"Jean," will be produced as a fill 
by 20th Century-Fox. That studi 
announces purchase of rights to tr 
play by Ladislaus Bus-Fekete, base 
on an original treatment by Ladis 
laus Fodor. It is currently bein i 
staged under the title, "A Butlc- 
Becomes A Member of Parliament 
at the Deutsches Volkstheatre i 

▼ r T 

Sir Guy Standing, has signed 
new player's contract with Pars 

_ . ▼ T T 

David L. Loew has borrowed Sai 
K. Wineland, musical director und< 
contract to Paramount, to direct tr 
music score for "When's Your Birtl' 
day?", the initial Joe E. Brow j 
feature produced by Loew. 

▼ T T 

Dorothy Arzner has signed 
long-term contract with M-G-M. Hi 
first assignment will be "The Gi 
from Trieste," Ferenc Molnar's pis 
with Luise Rainer in the title rol 
and Joseph Mankiewicz producin. 

"The Toast of New York" hil 
been selected by RKO Radio Pi' 
tures for the final title of the Ei 
ward Arnold starring vehicle whic : 
went before cameras recently j 
"The Robber Barons." And "Fa 
Warning" will be the final title > 
the 20th Century-Fox picture whic 
has been in production under tl 
tentative designation "Death ] 
Paradise Canyon." 

T T T 

John Cromwell has been sign* 
by David O. Selznick to direct "Tl 
Prisoner of Zenda," starring Rona 
Colman. Work on this screen ve 
sion of the famous Anthony Hoj 
romance is scheduled to bee 
Feb. 15. 

"Song of the City" is announce 
by M-G-M for production in tl 
near future. No announcement i 
to cast has yet been made. 

Zanesville Poll Won by 

Fan From Rural Hamle 

Zanesville, O. — Winner in tl 
"Ten Best Pictures" poll conducte 
by Hairy T. Basehart of the Time; 
Signal here in conjunction with tl 
national critical symposium of Te 
Film Daily was Miss Mary Buk< 
of Adamsville, Ohio, hamlet of 2( 
population. Miss Buker drives j 
two or three times a week to sc 
films, says they're her only recre; 
tion. Her mother is Adamsvi! 
postmaster, her dad, editor of tl 
weekly Adamsville Register. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

(1 Kuykendall replied to Al Licht- 
an, Loew's vice-president, acknowl- 
Iging the distributing company's 
; ommunication announcing its po- 
tion on the proposals. 
''Do you intend to include short 
.lbjects? Newsreels? Trailers?" in 
le word "product," inquired Kuy- 
tndall, who also pointed out that 
is organization is seeking a 20 
er cent unconditional elimination 


tern Motion to Fore in 
RKO Reorg. Hearing Today 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

lilwaukee, who is asking that his 
laim as holder of 1,234 shares of 
'lass A stock be allowed in full 
.hich would have the effect of up- 
etting the reorganization plan. Un- 
er the RKO reorganization of 1931, 
he Class A stock was exchanged 
or the present RKO common so 
^hat theoretically at least the Class 

'A shares are non-existent. But 
stern and other RKO stockholders 

}'iave maintained steadily that the 
931 reorganization plan was illegal. 
It is expected that no business be- 
ond the Stern motion will be trans- 
ited today because a motion to ad- 
ourn will be made because of the 

-'Uness of Carlos Israels, represent- 
: ng the unsecured creditors' commit- 

Sunday Movie Proponents 
Win in N. C, Lose in Miss. 

Charlotte, N. C. — Bills have been 
. massed by the lower division of the 
j legislature to legalize Sunday base- 
ball and permit the operation of 
-notion picture theaters on Sundays 
in Cherokee county. 





Greenwood, Miss. — Repeal of the 
ity ordinance here which prohib- 
its Sunday shows and the sale of 
jtobacco and soft drinks, was denied 
by authorities hei - e despite a peti- 
tion requesting such action. The 
denial was based on the ground that 
a state law against Sunday shows, 
(etc., existed. 






Spencer Tracy uses make-up for the 
first time in "Captains Courageous." — 

T ▼ T 

• • • ONE-MAN DYNAMO Joe Weil, the Exploi- 
tation Director of Universal holding us enthralled as he 

kept three desk phones burning, two stenogs tearing the type 
keys, and his entire staff in and out of his office on a continu- 
ous hop for be it known that Mister Weil is up to his ears 

in play dates in key spots on "Three Smart Girls" no less 

than 75 important situations all hot right now with the smash 

feature booked in or about to be Universal is going the 

works on this pippo that is collecting column raves from the 
conservative type of crits who very seldom get Steamed Up . . . 
in about twenty minutes Joe had rapid fire conversations with 
six key spots as far west as St. Louis and south to Atlanta 

setting campaign with circuit managers and district man- 
agers it was a great exhibition of showmanship efficiency 

done effectively with a minimum of words 

T T T 

• • • BACK IN town is Sonja Henie after packing 'em 
in at an exhibition in Pittsburgh she will do a guest ap- 
pearance on the Shell Chateau program Saturday nite 

her pic, "One In A Million," goes into its third week at the 
Roxy tomorrow ... • Ed Roberts of 20th Century-Fox's ad 
dep't, has returned to the city after a three-week trip by plane 

to Dallas, Minneapolis, St. Paul at Dallas he conferred 

with Bob O'Donnell, Lew Schneider and Bill Ei-win at Min- 
neapolis with John Friedl, Barry Burke and John P. Reed 

T T T 

• • • NOT ONLY has Columbia acquired what is con- 
sidered a very important story property in the play, "You Can't 

Take It With You," by George Kaufman and Moss Hart 

but it has also further established itself in the industry as a 

producer of outstanding attractions from the standpoint 

of its future story buy, the company has placed itself in a posi- 
tion whereby it can get first crack at big story properties, in- 
asmuch as writers now see in the firm a well-paying market 

for their efforts this, coupled with the return of D. A. 

Doran, bringing a Broadway producer's experience, has brought 
the company into new prominence 

T T T 

• • • CAN YOU imagine plugging a competitor's 

attractions! that's exactly what the management of the 

Fulton theater in Pittsburgh did in its feature ad this week 

they gave generous space to the pictures showing at the 

Alvin, Warner and Loew's Penn, in addition to announcing 

the holdover of its own tenant "Rembrandt" (U. A. home 

office lads please note: our guess is that the Fulton was play- 
ing to overflow, and could afford to be generous with the oppo- 
sition, eh?) 

T T T 

• • • IF PATRONS are puzzled at receiving their change 

in shiny new pennies piled neatly in bank wrappers the 

smiling lady at the Poli window in New Haven says "Why, 

these are Pennies from Heaven" and the wrapper adds a 

word or two about the coming picture 

T T T 

• • • AWARD TO the outstanding night-life performer 
of the year in connection with the Daily Mirror-Ted Friend 

Award will be decided at a cocktail party at the St. Moritz 

today the committee consists of Grover Whalen, 

Gregory Taylor, Anne Nichols, Milton Adler, Joe Moss, Eddie 

Davis, Russell Patterson, Ferde Grof e, and Monte Proser 

the leading contestants have narrowed down to Milton Berle, 
Estelle & LeRoy, Cab Calloway, Benny Fields, The Hartmans, 
Bee Lillie, Bill Robinson, Sophie Tucker, Velez & Yolanda, Rudy 
Vallee, Belle Baker, Frances Faye 

T T T 

• • • BECAUSE HE knows 'em all and they believe 

what he has to say that direct personal letter of General 

Sales Manager Jules Levy of RKO Radio to all exhibi- 

tors in the land who have not bought the new program of his 

company but who are definite sales possibilities should 

garner a neat percentage of business 

Thursday, Jan. 14, 1937 


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Kent organization will definitely 
distribute is "River of Unrest," B. 
I. P. production. It is understood 
that possibly one or two more of 
these pictures may be handled by 
20th Century-Fox as the arrange- 
ment is terminated. 

Lee's meeting with Kent on the 
situation was exclusively forecast 
last Tuesday, in The Film Daily, 
which also exclusively printed an 
account of the meeting between 
Kent and Isidore Ostrer, GB presi- 
dent, yesterday. 

The Ostrers, Isidore and Maurice, 
are definitely scheduled to sail from 
New York today on the Aquitania 
returning to England. 

La. Exchanges' Books May 
Be Scrutinized by State 

Baton Rouge, La. — Inspection by 
the supervisor of public accounts of 
major exchanges' books in New Or- 
leans to see if the correct amount 
of occupational license tax is being 
paid for the exchanges' ad sales de- 
partments is contemplated, The 
Film Daily was reliably informed 
here. Feeling apparently is that a 
check-up should be made for infor- 
mative purposes and that the ex- 
changes are not under suspicion. 

New Orleans — Exchanges here 
report no demand on the part of 
auditors for the supervisor of pub- 
lic accounts to inspect their books. 
The general attitude is that if the 
investigation is confined to ad sales 
and other legitimately taxed articles 
under the Louisiana law, there will 
be no objection to it. 

Cummins Rites Held 

Mrs. Anna Cummins, wife of 
Samuel Cummins of Eureka Produc- 
tions, was buried Tuesday. 

54 Houses Go Free Dishes 

Des Moines, la. — Free dish nights 
are being started in the 54 Central 
States theaters by Harry Weinberg, 

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average four to six times as much as 
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Editor and Publisher 

Published daily except Sundays and Holidays 
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I. ROBERT BRODER, attorney, leaves toda/ 
for the coast and will be gone three or four 


Bebe Daniels 

Maj. Edward Bowes 

Clara Beranger 

Edward P. Curtis 

Hendrik Willem Van Loon 

Plane Crash Hurts Fatal 
to Johnson; Wife to Live 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — Martin Johnson, 
explorer and producer of big-game 
and travel films, died yesterday in 
Good Samaritan Hospital from in- 
juries received in crash Tuesday of 
a transport plant 25 miles from here. 
His wife, Mrs. Osa Johnson, also 
hurt in the accident, is in serious 
condition in same hospital but is 
expected to recover. 

The Johnsons, who shared adven- 
tures on expeditions to remote cor- 
ners of the earth during their 26 
years of married life, did their 
"shooting" of animals almost ex- 
clusively with camera rather than 
gun. Their most recent journey- 
ings were through Borneo's jungles 
where they spent some 18 months 
gathering scientific data and pho- 
tographing wild life. They returned 
late last year with footage which 
is scheduled for release shortly by 
20th Centurv-Fox. 

Fox Movietone News told The 
Film Daily yesterday upon news 
of Martin Johnson's death that the 
latter had been awaiting final cut- 
ting and editing of the film. John- 
son's pictures have been regularly 
produced under the guidance of 
Truman Talley, editor of Fox Mo- 
vietone News. No title had been 
selected by Johnson and Talley for 
the Borneo footage. 

$425,000 Loan Made On 

San Francisco Theater 

San Francisco — Samuel Kronsky, 
Inc., has placed for Junior Orpheum 
San Francisco, Ltd., RKO Corp., 
subsidiary, first mortgage loan of 
$425,000 at 5 per cent for five years 
on Golden Gate Theater and com- 
mercial building at Golden Gate 
Avenue and Taylor St., here. This 
financing retired former bond issue 
on property. 

Department Stores Would 
Book "Slalom", Ski Film 

Many requests are being received 
from department stores to book 
"Slalom," the ski film now in its 
fifth week at the 55th St. Playhouse, 
it was said yesterday by Irving 
Shapiro, general manager of World 
Pictures, distributors of the film. 
Shapiro said that where no theater 
bookings are obtained, the picture 
will be shown in dep't stores. 

Fagan Funeral Tomorrow 

Funeral services for Barney Fa- 
gan, old-time minstrel and vaude- 
ville performer who died Tuesday 
on 87th birthday at Southside Hos- 
pital, Bayshore, L. I., will be held 
tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Malachy's 
Catholic Church. Interment will be 
in Catholic Actors Guild Plot, Cal- 
vary Cemetery, Queens. At height 
of career he drew $1,000 per week 
as clog dancer and producer of 
shows and acts. 

Mosher Copyright Bill 

Goes Easy on Industry 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington, D. C. — Congressman 
Guy L. Moser, Democrat, of Penn- 
sylvania, yesterday introduced a 
broad copyright bill which, while not 
seriously affecting the motion pic- 
ture industry, if passed, will never- 
theless tighten existing copyright 
law insofar as Ascap is concerned 
in its dealings with radio. 

Allen Usher Named Prexy 
of Chi. Board of Trade 

Chicago — Allen Usher of Para- 
mount was elected President of the 
Chicago Film Board of Trade. Tom 
Gilliam of Warner Brothers was 
named vice president and Emma Al- 
planalp, secretary-treasurer. The 
board of directors includes Usher, 
Gilliam and Irving Mandel of Re- 
public, Henry Herbel, Universal, and 
Clyde Eckhardt, 20th Century-Fox 
who will be chairman of the board. 

GB Playdate Drive Will 
Take George Weeks' Name 

Inauguration of a GB playdate 
drive to be known as the George W. 
Weeks Playdate Roundup was an- 
nounced by Arthur A. Lee, vice- 
president, yesterday. Drive opens 
immediately and runs through April 
3, with extra sales pressure being 
applied to four productions, titles 
of which are: "Strangers on a Hon- 
eymoon," "The Woman Alone," 
"Man of Affairs" and "Head Over 
Heels in Love," starring Jessie 

"Ecstacy" Decision Due 

In 20 Days at Albany 

Albany — The Appellate Division, 
Third Department, will rule within 
20 days if the censorship board of 
the Department of Education was 
justified in refusing to pass the 
film "Ecstacy," a product of Eureka 
Film Producing Co. 

Korda-British Lion Will 

Make 16 at Denham Plant 

London (By Cable) — In associa- 
tion with British Lion, Alexander 
Korda will make 16 pictures costing 
about $200,000 each and produced at 
his Denham studio. Productions 
will be distributed by Sam Smith. 

"Luck of Irish" Tomorrow 

"The Luck of the Irish", U. S. 
distribution of which is being han- 
dled by Guaranteed Pictures, opens 
at the 47th St. Cinema tomorrow for 
an indefinite run. 

"Great Guy" Stays a Third 

Playing to more than 125,000 
paid admissions during its two 
weeks' engagement, "Great Guy," 
starring James Cagney, will be held 
over for the third week at the New 
Criterion Theater. 

Coming and Going 

JAMES R. GRAINGER returns to New York 
from Hollywood in one week. 

WILLARD McKAY goes to Florida early next 
month from New York. 

GEORGE S. SCHAEFER will make a coast trip 
in March to discuss the United Artists pro- 
gram for 1937-38. 

LILLIAN DA COSTA returns to New York 
Monday from a trip to Porto Rico. 

STEPHEN PALLOS arrived in New York yes- 
terday from Hollywood, en route to London. 

D. A. DORAN, who has re-joined Columbia 
in New York, goes to the coast in six weeks' 
time. He is stopping at the Lombardy. 

HARRY M. WEISBERG, Republic franchise 
holder in Omaha and Des Moines, and MRS. 
WEISBERG sail for Europe and a vacation 
today on the Aquitania. 

HARRIET HOCTOR, ballet dancer, signed by 
RKO Radio Pictures, leaves for Hollywood to- 
day, aboard the 20th Century. 

JOSEPH BERNHARD, General Manager of 
Warner Bros. Theaters, is attending the open- 
ing of the new Sheridan Theater in Washing- 
ton, D. C, tonight. 

EDWARD TESKAY left New York last night 
for Atlanta. 

L. W. SCHINE returns to Gloversville from 
New York today. 

HARRY M. WARNER has canceled a New 
Orleans trip, tentatively planned to permit at- 
tendance at a Hebrew convention. 

GUS W. SCHINE, Schine district executive, 
returns to his Syracuse headquarters today. 

John G. Payne to be New 

Electrical Division Chief 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Appointment of 
John H. Payne as the new chief of 
the electrical division of the Depart- 
ment of Commerce was announced 
yesterday at a press conference by 
Secretary Roper. Payne formerly 
was with Westinghouse at Philadel- 
phia. He succeeds Andrew Cruse. 

Post is a key one in the depart- 
ment, the division exercising super- 
vision over the film field. 

RKO's 8,500 Accounts 

Over 8,500 theaters have pur- 
chased RKO Radio features and 
shorts, says Jules Levy in a letter 
to exhibitors. 


— several salesmen. Only men with 
initiative, ability, imagination need 
apply. Ex-house managers, film sales- 
men preferably . . . Give full infor- 
mation as to experience, background, 

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Now Eighteen Years Old 



MPTOA Will Seek Further Concessions From Loew's 

CLARIFYZPRODUCT" scope in rejection right 

Kent and Lee Discuss GB Distribution Setup in U. S. 


B Fil 


. and prosperity's return 

pARAMOUNT'S announced decision to 
• reduce its B product by 25 per cent 
and to devote the money thus saved to the 
further strengthening of the remaining 75 
per cent easily may serve the industry as 
a timely bellwether. 

It is significant that in so acting, Para- 
mount is meeting the requests of its thea- 
ter partners, voiced at the West Coast 
production conference, and it may be ac- 
cepted as fact that the exhibitors them- 
selves were reflecting the clearly defined 
box-office viewpoint of their respective 

TO some extent, B pictures, largely 
' double featured, were the result of the 
Depression. In such times, the mass em- 
phasis is more likely than not to be on 
quantity rather than quality. With the 
return of prosperity, the pendulum gener- 
ally swings in the opposite direction. Better 
cars, better clothes, better pictures all find 
a demand, and that demand keeps step 
with the rise in income. 

While there has been a marked increase 
in the number of theaters playing duals — 
a recent circuit survey brought the esti- 
mate that 85 per cent of film houses are 
in the double feature column — it is also 
true that holdovers of A pictures played 
solo are gaining markedly. 

This is a happy augury, and gives color 
to the contention that there exists an audi- 
ence for the better pictures which the nor- 
mal week's run does not exhaust. 

— • — 

IT is interesting, moreover, to note that 
* the present wave of holdovers is not re- 
stricted to any section of the country, and 
that the holdovers successfully are combat- 
ting such exhibition discouragements as 
industrial disputes and inclement weather. 
For example, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, 
Wash., in the maritime strike sector, this 
week have five holdovers; and Omaha, 
where the mercury went below zero, has 
four holdovers out of six first-runs. 

One BIP Production Definitely 

to Go Via 


Matters relating to the decision of 
20th Century-Fox not to continue 
handling physcial distribution on 
GB releases except those produced 
by the English company itself were 
discussed at a conference between 
Sidney R. Kent and Arthur A. Lee, 
GB vice-president, yesterday at the 
20th Century-Fox home office in New 

Only "outside" picture which the 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Newspapers throughout the na- 
tion and particularly those in the 
smaller cities and towns are, and 
have been, materially increasing 
their use of motion picture news 

(Continued on Page S) 

Miss. Ignores Checkers 

In Enforcing New Levy 

Jackson, Miss. — Film checkers in 
the state are apparently not being 
molested by the tax law which 
places a license fee of $50 yearly 
for each county on men checking 
business for purposes of "dissem- 
inating information." 

Jail Linked With Theater 

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Tuscaloosa is to 
have a municipal city hall, jail and 
theater, constructed at a cost of $90.- 
000. It will be three stories high, 120 
by 132 ft., steam-heated, and with all 
modern conveniences . . . both for the 
city prisoners and motion picture fans! 


Establishing a new record for pic- 
ture company backing of Broadway 
shows, Warner Bros, are interested 
in five current productions. Titles 
are as follows: "Bov Meets Girl," 
"White Horse Inn," "Brother Rat," 
"Swing Your Lady" and "Promise." 

Other Broadway productions 

(Continued on Page 16) 

Banks Talking Producing 
Deal With 20th Cent.-Fox 

Monty Banks, who is making pic- 
tures in England, is discussing a 
producing deal with 20th Century- 
Fox, with pictures to be made at 
London. Following conferences at 
the company's New York offices, 
Banks has gone to the coast to con- 
fer with Joseph M. Schenck. He 
plans to return to New York in 
seven weeks, preliminary to sailing 
for England. 

MPTOA Analyzes Loew Trade Practice 
Concessions In Letter to Al Lichtman 

Virginia MPTO to Meet 

At Richmond on Feb. 11 

Richmond, Va. — Exhibitor organi- 
zations of North Carolina, Washing- 
ton, D. C, and Baltimore have 
been invited to attend the mid-win- 
ter convention of the M. P. T. O. of 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Indicating that there will be 
more negotiations with Loew's sales 
executives in an effort "to achieve 
further benefits for the independent 
exhibitors," a letter sent to Al 
Lichtman, vice-president of the dis- 
tributing company, by President Ed 
Kuykendall of the M. P. T. O. A. 
(Continued on Page 16) 

"All Product Offered" Does 

Not Refer to Short 


Short subjects, including news- 
reels, are not within the definition 
of "product" in major distributors' 
grant of a 10 per cent cancellation 
which require that an exhibitor 
must purchase all the product of- 
fered him in order to qualify for 
this privilege, spokesmen for the 
companies indicated yesterday in 
New York, replying to an M. P. T. 
O. A. query. 

The question in the mind of the 
national exhibitor association, spon- 
sor of a 10-point trade practice pro- 
gram, was asked when President 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Federal Judge Forman in the U. 
S. District Court for the New Jer- 
sey district, has refused to set aside 
the default judgment obtained by 
Western Electric for patent in- 
fringement against the Biophone 
Corp., which is suing A. T. & T., 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Stern Motion to Fore in 
RKO Reorg. Hearing Today 

Hearing on the RKO reorganiza- 
tion plan in Federal Court today is 
expected to be largely devoted to 
the motion of Ernest W. Stern of 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Those Earmuffs: 2nd Episode 

Amplifying the uses Hollywoodians 
can find for the two dozen ear-muffs 
he sent into the wintry California 
country, Tom Bailey, Loew p. a., yes- 
terday stated that during the warm 
weather months, they can be worn to 
keep gossip out of one's ears. Even 
the Associated Press yesterday displayed 
interest in the unique purchase, alleged 

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VOL. 71. NO. 12 



K-A-0 Earnings of $1,300,000 for 1936 Indicated 

proposed, a. circuQecapitalizatjon plan 

RKO Reorganization Plan Hearing Adjourned 5 Weeks 

Opposition Largely Respon- 
sible for Delay to 
Feb. 18 

Due in large part to opposition 
which has arisen to the RKO reor- 
ganization plan, hearing on it was 
adjourned yesterday by Federal 
Judge Bondy for five weeks to Feb. 
18 on motion of Addison Yeaman, 
acting for the unsecured creditors' 
committee, and supported bv Hamil- 
ton G. Rickaby, counsel for Atlas 
Corp., which is sponsoring the plan. 

Yeaman asked for the adjourn- 
ment because of the illness of Car- 
los Israels, counsel for the unsecured 
creditors' committee. Rickaby con- 
curred, saying that he wished fur- 
ther time for conferences with in- 
terested parties. Rickaby also said 
he was not prepared to argue a 
question raised by Edwin J. Hickey, 

(Continued on Page 4) 


London (By Cable) — Julius Hagen 
yesterday announced plans for pro- 
ducing 12 pictures a year for five 
years in association with John Max- 
well. Financing is understood to 
be set. So far no titles or direc- 
tors have been announced. 

Warner Circuit Goes Dual 
In Chicago; One Exception 

Chicago — Warner Bros. Chicago 
circuit is now practically all on a 
duals basis. Exception is the cir- 
cuit's Loop house, the Orpheum. 

$9,232,298 Atlas Net 

Atlas Corp., which is heavily inter- 
ested in RKO, Paramount and the Madi- 
son Square Garden Corp., showed a net 
income of $9,232,298 for the 10-month 
period ended Oct. 31 last, according 
to a report made by the company. 
On Oct. 31 the company had assets 
of $113,325,701 of which $7,076,340 
was cash. 

Thanks . . . and We'll Be Looking For You 

Well, folks, moving day has come and gone, and THE FILM DAILY is now settled 
in its spick-and-span quarters on the 24th floor of the Paramount Building, 1501 
Broadway (Free adv.). 

To the many who called in person yesterday to extend felicitations, to those whose 
complimentary telegrams and cables kept messengers on the run throughout the day, 
and to still countless others who dialed BRyant 9-7117, 9-7118, 9-7119, 9-7120 and 
9-7121 to express best wishes an appreciative, hearty "Thank you." 

Do come up some time and inspect that new file cabinet. 

GB Status Unchanged as Regards Any 
U. S. Deal As Ostrers Sail (or Home 

The status of GB remained un- 
changed, as far as any deal with 
American interests are concerned, 
when Isidore and Maurice Ostrer 
sailed from New York yesterday on 
the Aquitania, bound for their home 

in London after several weeks' visit 
to this country. 

No agreement pertaining to the 
stock setup of the company was 
made, it is understood, although 
Isidore Ostrer conferred with Sid- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Criterion Films to Make 5 Major Pictures in '37 

London (By Cable) — Criterion 
Films, currently producing "Thief 
in the Night" with Douglas Fair- 
banks, Jr., starred, will turn out five 
major productions in 1937. All will 
be produced by Marcel Hellman, who, 

with Fairbanks, heads the company. 
First of the five will be "The Kil- 
ler" which Raoul Walsh will direct 
in March. It will be followed by 
"High Treason" which Tay Garnett 
will direct. 

Keith-Albee-Orpheum's '36 Earnings 
To Triple Figure for Preceding Year 

Alliance to Have 10-12 
BIP Pix as Season Opens 

At the opening of the 1937-38 
season in the United States, B. I. 
P., handled in this country by Al- 
liance Films, will have between 10 
and 12 features ready for release, 
it was stated at the Alliance head- 
quarters yesterday. The company 
will have eight productions com- 
pleted and cut by April. 

Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corp. will 
show earnings of about $1,300,000 
for the year 1936, equal to three 
times the company's earnings for 
1935, The Film Daily is advised. 
K-A-0 earnings for the first 39 
weeks of 1936 to Sept. 26 were 

The fourth quarter earnings 
would thus be almost equal to that 
for the first three quarters of the 
year. This is accounted for in part 
by declaration of dividends by sub- 
sidiary companies to avoid payment 
of the Federal tax on undistributed 

Cash and Exchange Plan Sub- 
mitted by Joseph M. 

With purpose of clearing up ac- 
crued dividends on preferred stock, 
a plan of recapitalization of United 
Artists Theater Circuit is proposed 
in a letter to stockholders from 
President Joseph M. Schenck. 

Recommendation is made that 
holders of the 30,000 shares of 7 
per cent preferred outstanding, on 
which accruals total $35 per share, 
will be offered $15 per share in cash 
and 3 1-3 shares of common stock, 
and exchange their present shares 
for new $5 preferred. 

Resumption of regular quarterly 
dividends payments is expected to 

(Continued on Page 4) 


As major producing-distributing 
company executives turn their atten- 
tion to programs for the 1937-38 
season, there appears to be but lit- 
tle prospect of a drastic reduction 
in the number of B pictures, despite 
a general industry aversion to this 
type of product. Enormous de- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Fox West Coast Theaters 
Take Ten-o-Win, New Game 

Ten-o-win, new game distributed 
by National Screen Service, has been 
bought solid for West Coast the- 

The Loew-Poli circuit inaugurates 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Theater to Become City Hall 

Leavenworth, Wash. — The Tholin 
Building, with its darkened movie 
house, has just reverted to the city 
for taxes. City Council will remodel 
the playhouse into a city hall. It has 
had a checkered career, having served 
also as saloon, "opry house" and west- 
ern dance hall. 




Friday, Jan. 15, 1937 

Vol. 71, No. 12 Fri., Jan. 15, 1937 10 Cents 

JOHN W. AL1COATE : : Editor and Publisher 

Published daily except Sundays and Holidays 
at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 
by Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. J. W. 
Alicoate, President, Editor and Publisher; 
Donald M. Mersereau, Secretary-Treasurer 
and General Manager; Arthur W. Eddy, Asso- 
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9-7121. Cable Address: Filmday, New York. 
Hollywood, California— Ralph Wilk, 6425 Holly- 
wood Blvd., Phone Granite 6607. London — ■ 
Ernest W. Fredman, The Film Renter, 127-133 
VVardour St., W. I. Berlin — Lichtbildbuehne, 
Friedrichstrasse, 225. Paris — P. A. Harle, La 
Cinematographic Francaise, Rue de la Cour- 
des-Noues, 19. 



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703/ 8 69 691/2 

243/ 4 241/s 241/2 4- 1/4 

17334 1701/4 1721/2 + 114 

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Loew 6s41ww 100'/ 2 1003/ 8 IOOV2 + l/g 

Para. B'way 3s55.... 733,4 7334 733/ 4 — % 
Para. Picts. 6s55. . . IOOV2 1003/ 8 IOO1/2 + 1/4 

RKO 6s41 125 121 122 — 4 

Warner's 6s39 99 V 2 99 99 — l/g 


Columbia Picts. vtc 

Grand National 3'/ 2 3l/ 4 33/ 8 

Sonotone Corp 2 2 2 

Technicolor 21 % 21 % 21 1/4 — 1/4 

Trans-Lux 43/ 8 41/4 41/4 

William Beaudine 
Chauncey Brown 

Charles King 
Karl Freund 

Dorothy Gould 

"One in Million" One of 

11 to Go Three at Roxy 

Out of 450 pictures shown by the 
Roxy during its 10 years of opera- 
tions, only 11 have remained for 
three weeks, a checkup discloses. 
"One in a Million," 20th Century- 
Fox release, current at the house, 
is the latest production to play that 
length of time. Eight of the other 
10 pix to reach that mark came 
from the same studio. 

"One in a Million," states John 
D. Clark, sales head- of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, has gone into its third 
week at the Orpheum, Seattle, and 
into a second week in its San Fran- 
cisco and Baltimore runs. At Al- 
bany the picture was given addi- 
tional playing time, he said, and 
at Milwaukee, it outgrossed any 
20th Century-Fox picture of the 
past year. 

Goldstein Bros. Circuit 

Business Up 25 Per Cent 

Business of the Goldstein brothers 
circuit in Springfield is between 20 
and 25 per cent ahead of last year, 
according to Nate Goldstein, who 
returned to his home last night from 
New York. 

The circuit plans to expand into 
Utica, N. Y., next summer. Its Co- 
lonial in Springfield is being en- 

Chicago Exhibitors Test 

Higher Box Office Top 

Chicago — Local exhibitors are 
trying out increased admission 
prices. Essaness started out with a 
five-cent advance in several of its 
houses and now the majority are 
getting the slightly higher admis- 
sion charge. 

Flood Losses Deductible, 
Revenue Officials Decide 

Pittsburgh — Internal revenue of- 
ficials at Washington informed the 
trade here that losses suffered in 
last year's flood may be deducted in 
determining the 1936 income tax. 

Close Theaters in Three 

Ky. Towns to Fight Flu 

Louisville, Ky. — All theaters in 
Three Points, Yancy and Kenver 
have been closed in an attempt to 
stem the flu epidemic. 

"Plough" In 14 Keys 

Important key city engagements 
of "The Plough and The Stars" have 
been set by RKO for late this month. 
The film will open in fourteen cities 
including New York, San Francisco, 
Chicago, Denver and New Orleans. 

Condor to Start Feb. 15 

Condor Pictures will begin actual 
operations on Feb. 15, it is an- 
nounced. The company is negotiat- 
ing for space in the RCA Bldg. 

Para. Wins Plagiarism 

Suit of Mantin-Ninon 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles— The $1,000,000 pla- 
giarism suit brought in the U. S. 
District Court here by Leo Mantin 
and Eleanor Ninon, musical comedy 
producers, against Paramount Pic- 
tures, was decided by Federal Judge 
Yankwich in favor of the motion 
picture corporation. 

Plaintiffs charged that their song, 
"Si Si Senorita of Spain" had been 
used as the basis for the theme song 
of the Paramount picture, "One 
Hour With You" which starred Mau- 
rice Chevalier and Jeanette Mac- 

Judge Yankwich ordered a piano 
moved into the courtroom, listened 
to the two songs and in an oral 
opinion delivered from the bench 
said that he heard no similarity be- 
tween the two musical compositions. 

Paramount was represented by 
Attorneys Jacob Karp, Homer Mit- 
chell and Jackson W. Chance, who 
made application to the court for 
payment of attorneys fees. The ap- 
plication was taken under advise- 

3 Film Companies Seek 

To Register Securities 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Washington — Three motion pic- 
ture corporations filed applications 
with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission yesterday for registra- 
tion of securities on national securi- 
ties exchange. 

According to the report, Paramount Pic- 
tures declared $24,886,145.25 of 20-year 6 per 
cent sinking fund debentures due Jan. 1, 1955; 
$1,621,197.51 of 20-year 6 per cent sinking 
fund debentures due Jan. 1, 1955; issued 16,211.- 
9861 shares $100 par value 6 per cent cumu- 
lative first preferred stock, to be registered 
on notice of issuance; 644,140.80 shares of 
$10 par value 6 per cent cumulative second 
preferred stock; issued 1,590.751.50 shares 
of $1 par value common stock, 2,454,472.38065 
shares of $1 par value common stock, to be 
registered on notice of issuance; $8,553,500 
of limited guaranty of Paramount Broadway 
Corp. first mortgage sinking fund loan certi- 
ficates; issued $225,500 of limited guaranty 
of Paramount Broadway Corp. first mortgage 
sinking fund loan certificates, to be regis 
tered on notice of issuance. 

Others include Columbia Pictures Corp. de- 
claring 10,990,432 shares of no par value 
common stock to be registered on notice 
of issuance; General Theaters Equipment 
Corp. declaring 527,024 shares of capital stock 
issued and 227,081 1-3 shares capital stock 
to be registered on notice of issuance. 

1936 A. T. b T. Earnings 
at Highest Mark Since '29 

A. T. & T.'s earnings in 1936 
reached highest mark since 1929, 
The Film Daily was informed yes- 
terday. Annual report due soon 
will show full $9 dividend covered 
for first time since 1930. Company's 
earnings were swelled during past 
12 months by restoration of earn- 
ing power and dividends of its sub- 
sidiary, Western Electric. 

Gottlieb Leaving Columbia 

Alexander Gottlieb today resigned 
from Columbia's advertising-public- 
ity department staff. He will an- 
nounce a new connection shortly. 

Coming and Going 

STEPHEN PALLOS. now in New York, sails 
for London in two weeks. 

RUTH COHEN, of Translation Service, and 

Screen Attractions Corp., will sail on the 

Siboney today for a combined business and 
pleasure trip to Mexico City. 

SOPHIE TUCKER flies to New York from 

Chicago tomorrow to appear as guest star 

with Vincent Lopez over WABC on the Nash 

Motors program that night, afterwards leav- 
ing for Hollywood. 

arrived at the Waldorf-Astoria from Europe. 

DAVE RUBINOFF leaves today for Phila- 
delphia where he will entertain at the Poor 
Richard Club. 

PAT O'BRIEN is stopping at the Hotel War- 
wick before returning to the coast. 

CLINTON WHITE, Assistant to George W. 
Weeks, GB General Sales Manager, leaves today 
for a week's trip through GB's exchanges in 
New Haven, Albany and Buffalo. 

W. A. V. MACK, GB Mid-west District Man- 
ager, has left Chicago for a trip to Milwau- 
kee and Minneapolis. 

Y. FRANK FREEMAN returns to New York 
from Hollywood in one week. 

SAM DEMBOW returns to New York from 
Chicago tomorrow. 

ALBERT DEANE arrives in New York to- 
morrow from Hollywood. 

NEIL F. AGNEW returns to New York to- 
morrow from the coast. 

RUSSELL HOLMAN is due back in New 
York Thursday from Hollywood. 

VINCENT TROTTA is stopping off in Cleve- 
land as he returns to New York from the 

NATE GOLDSTEIN returned to Springfield, 
Mass., yesterday from New York. 

returned to New York from the coast. 

cials; SIR ROBERT PEEL, baronet, son of 
Beatrice Lillie; and JOHN BARBIROLLI, Brit- 
ish conductor of New York Philharmonic Sym- 
phony Orchestra, sailed for Europe yesterday 
on the Aquitania. 

ELISABETH SCHUMANN, Austrian soprano, 
arrived yesterday on the Bremen. 

WALTER PLUNKETT, screen couturier, will 
leave New York today for an extended tour 
of the South, in search of authentic costume 
designs tor Selznick's production of "Gone 
With the Wind." 

WILLIAM WYLER arrived in New York 
yesterday and left immediately on the Aqui- 
tania for Europe. 

promotion manager, returned to New York 
yesterday after addressing the Peoria Adver- 
tising and Selling Club of Peoria, III., on the 
topic "My Business Is Different." 

Distributors Wanted 

Highly Successful Theater Game — 

Good Men — All Territories — 

Marvelous Proposition. 

Address Box 1017 


1501 Broadway New York City 



Marion Davies gets 'Boy Meets Girl' as her next 
Cosmopolitan production for Warners, with Holly- 
wood's biggest clamoring for key parts in filming of 
"funniest stage comedy since '3 Men On a Horse' "! 

'HI, NEW YORK', grins Pat 
O'Brien (left), arriving on vacation 
won by strenuous efforts in film- 
ing of 'Slim' with Henry Fonda 
and Stuart Erwin. He's hoping 
to appear at N. Y. and world pre- 
miere of 'The Great O'Malley', in 
which he plays cops-and-robbers 
with Bad Man Humphrey Bogart.* 

for Ginger Rogers -Dick Powell 
hoof-and : mouth combo (right) as 
Miss R." signs, Mr. P. is strongly 
mentioned for cast of 'On Your 
Toes', Warners' filming of long- 
run N. Y. stage hit. Dancin' Lee 
Dixon will be party of the third part. 


up another scene for 'The Prince and 
the Pauper' as Billy, Bobby Mauch 
cinemact by candlelight for director 
Bill Keighley. Errol ('Green Light') 
Flynn co-stars with reel-life counter- 
parts of immortal sovereign and 
slavey in soon-to-be-finished film.* 


and the Chorus Girl' finds stars 
Fernand Gravet, Joan Blondell, di- 
rector Mervyn LeRoy (left) exchang- 
ing plaques in mutual admiration. 
Film, pencilled for late March re- 
lease, is Mervyn's first effort as pro- 
ducer, Gravet's first as American star.* 

"A Warner Bros. Picture Vitagraph, Inc., Distributor 


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who owns some of the old RKO 
Class A stock, on the constitution- 
ality of the reorganization statute 
under which the RKO proceedings 
are being held. 

Hickey, who is not a lawyer, was 
prepared to argue the issues him- 
self, but Judge Bondy convinced 
him that because his motion papers 
had not been mailed to creditors as 
required, his arguments would be 
wasted. Hickey will remedy this 
defect prior to the next hearing. 

Isidore J. Kresel, representing 
Martin Beck and a group of im- 
portant preferred stockholders of 
the Orpheum Corp., sought to have 
a motion for intervention heard be- 
fore Feb. 18, but Judge Bondy said 
that intervention even if granted 
would not improve Kresel's position 
for the time, and ruled that Kresel's 
motion come up on Feb. 18, also. 

Kresel, who charges RKO with 
"waste and dissipation of Orpheum 
assets" said he intends to wage a 
vigorous fight against the plan. 

Another determined opponent of 
the plan is Ernest W. Stern of Mil- 
waukee, a holder of old RKO Class 
A stock, who seeks to intervene. 

Charles Schlaifer Quits 

Omaha to Take S.F. Post 

Omaha — Charles Schlaifer has re- 
signed as advertising director for 
the three Tri-States theaters to be- 
come advertising manager for the 
United Artists house in San Fran- 
cisco. He and Mrs. Schlaifer leave 
for the coast Jan. 17. 

Schlaifer was originator of a ra- 
dio program, the Hollywood Tattler, 
which he broadcast himself over a 
local station. He holds the copy- 
right on this title, but may sell it 
when he reaches the coast to a film 
company. He is a nephew of Jake 
Schlaifer, U. A. western sales man- 

Evert Cummings, Tri-States dis- 
trict manager, has not named 
Schlaifer's successor. 

Legionnaires Entertained 

Detroit — Members of Russell 
Johnson Theatrical Post, American 
Legion, will be guests on Jan. 23 of 
the Ladies' Drum and Bugle Corps. 



Check automatic sprinkler system to 
see that all valves are open and un- 
obstructed, tanks filled properly, and 
alarms in working order. 

Friday, Jan. 15,1937 

• • • THE TIME now is 4:54 Camels never get on 

your nerves Planters Peanuts — a bag a day for more 

pep The flavor lasts and those Wrigley tropical fish 

are gorgeous but how the hell does the Boss expect us to 

write a kolyum when we have to gaze at 'em from our window 

on the 24th floor of the Paramount building oh, yes, we 

moved didn't you know? and all we see from the 

window are electric signs blinking, blinking Mayfair 

Palace .... Loew's State Sunkist Oranges Cap- 
itol Strand Criterion after all these years 

we're at the Crossroads of the World known as Times Square 
so what? it's nothing but a bunch of blinking elec- 
tric signs but here we are and you saw by that 

illustrated notice of our Moving Day in yesterday's paper that 

we editorial lads got here in a broken-down hack just a 

bunch of hack riders but is that News! tut, tut 

come up and see us we're usually out thank gawd 

the Chevrolet electric sign clock says it's now 4 :59 

Chevrolet's solid steel turrent top ha, they think that's news 

we've had one of those personally for years we had to 

to last in this dizzy biz the time is now 5 :02 

• • • THE EXHIBS in the Chicago zone are dedicating 

March as Henri Elman Month for Henri has been 25 years 

in the industry, and is one of the most popular exchangemen 
... • Earl Katzenmeyer, theater operator of Fremont, Ohio, 

has become a local celeb in another field than show biz 

the Toledo Times published a feature article describing his 

marvellous collection of articles in miniature one being 

the smallest screw ever made 

• • • CONGRATS TO Manny Meyer and Ben Levine 

on the occasion of booking their first picture on their new 

Royal Film Exchange setup, "Death In the Air," first booking 
with the Brooklyn Strand ... • Herb Hyman shoots a line 
from the Universal lot, where he is now handling exploitation. 

T T T 

• • • IT SEEMS that some practical joker or nitwit 
has been annoying Leon Bamberger of RKO Radio by mailing 

him a series of cards and letters some guys have never 

heard of what happens to anonymous letter writers who send 
veiled threats when the postal inspection division checks up on 

'em or can Leo be mistaken ? maybe it's just some 

teaser sales promotion literature by a rival company 

now Leo knows how it feels 

T T T 

• • • OUT IN Detroit Ernest Forbes, manager of 

the Oliver Theater Company can't wait till the new tele- 
phone book is issued for the last one came out a week 

ago, and he has been driven nuts by dozens of daily phone 

calls because he advertised under the heading "Theater 

Tickets," and folks assume he is a ticket broker for the legit, 
concerts, etc 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • A SPECIAL musical program dedicated to Fernand 
Gravet, the French actor who recently completed "The King 
and the Chorus Girl" for Warners over NBC this after- 
noon, with Gravet singing two numbers ... • Commissioner 
Bert Adler of the sanitation dep't of our hamlet, with former 
gov. Alfred E. Smith and others, was a speaker at the recent 
United Hospital Fund luncheon. . . • Betty Lawford gets a 
break, with her name on the marquees with three produc- 
tions Warners' "Stolen Holiday," RKO Radio's "Criminal 

Lawyer," and she is featured also in the stage show, "The Wo- 

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be authorized by the directors, after 
the plan has been declared effec- 
tive, at the annual rate of $5 ac- 
cruing from Mar. 15, 1937. There 
are now outstanding 500,000 shares 
of common stock which total will be 
increased to 600,000 shares upon 
completion of the plan, which will 
be voted upon by the stockholders 
via the mail. 


Louis Alderman Backs 
City Censorship Measure 

St. Louis, Mo. — Alderman L. H. 
Couplin of the 26th Ward has an- 
nounced that he will present a bill 
to the Board of Aldermen calling 
for the creation of a city board of 
censors for motion pictures. Dis- 
tributors of films in this territory 
would be called upon to pay a city 
tax of one cent for each foot of film 
inspected by the censors. Couplin 
estimates that his measure would 
raise $150,000 in fees. He has asked 
City Counselor J. G. Burkhardt to 
draft the proposed ordinance. 

Another measure that would have 
indirect bearing on the motion pic- 
ture industry is also announced by 
Couplin. It is a bill to impose a 
special tax on building contractors. 
It would be scaled according to the 
annual business of the contractors, 
ranging from $25 a year on contrac- 
tors doing less than $25,000 per 
year to $500 annually from contrac- 
tors doing upwards of $1,000,000 in 
business. This bill, Couplin esti- 
mates, would be good for $78,000 
per year. 

Ayer Opens Publicity Office 

Frederick W. Ayer, co-producer 
with Robinson Smith last season of 
the play, "Parnell," has opened pub- 
licity offices at 11 West 42nd St. 
under the name of Exclusive Ar- 
tists, Inc. 

Bank Board Renames Levy 

New Haven — Edward G. Levy, 
general counsel of the M. P. T. 0. 
A., was re-elected chairman of the 
board of the Community Bank and 
Trust Co. 






Edward G. Robinson has never fired a 
bullet from a real gun. — WARNER 





(And all around the nation it's a box-office sensation! Leo, you lovely Lion!) 




(Continued from Page 1) 
ney R. Kent, president of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, Nicholas M. Schenck, 
president of Loew's and Joseph M. 
Schenck, chairman of the 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox board of directors, while 
in the United States. 

Although the Ostrers, both Mau- 
rice and Isidore, never admitted that 
they had come to America to dis- 
cuss any important deal, it was un- 
derstood from authoritative sources 
that they made the trip as ambas- 
sadors of John Maxwell seeking to 
buy the interests held by 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, and now shared with 
Loew's, in Metropolis and Bradford 
Trust Co., which controls GB. Later, 
when this deal failed to materialize 
owing to refusal of the Kent group 
to sell to Maxwell and their insist- 
ence that their deal to buy the Ost- 
rer control of his company was still 
binding, it was reported that the 
Ostrers proposed a four-ply ar- 
rangement with Maxwell, Loew's, 
20th Century-Fox and themselves 
as the major factors. 

GB's American company, which 
has indicated its intention of set- 
ting up its own exchanges owing to 
refusal of 20th Century-Fox to han- 
dle physical distribution on its re- 
leases outside of its own produc- 
tions, is understood studying plans 
for financing the move. 

A. C. Blumenthal, active in nego- 
tiating the original deal under 
which 20th Century-Fox was to ac- 
quire the Ostrer shares, was at the 
pier to bid the Ostrers goodbye. 

Fox West Coast Theaters 
Take Ten-o-Win, New Game 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the plan first at Waterbury in its 
3,400-seater there while the initial 
Skouras house to use the game is 
the Granada. The Brandt circuit 
is a customer through its Monroe 
and other outfits using the game 
include the Goldstein brothers cir- 
cuit in Springfield and the Mort 
Shea circuit, which is playing the 
game at its Weller theater in Zanes- 

New Visual Aid Library 

Watched by Exhibitors 

Detroit — Exhibitors here are 
closely watching the program of the 
International Library of Visual Aid 
which proposes to operate nation- 

As outlined by Miss Pat Paige, 
president, Library will organize a 
staff of 150 salesmen to solicit school 
accounts for educational films. Dis- 
tribution in this state will be via 
the Michigan Film Library, oper- 
ated by Alban J. Morris. 

The Library plans to operate 
through a nickel subscription by 
pupils in the schools using the films. 
Decision as to restricting attendance 
to youngsters who subscribe is yet 
to be made, however. 

Reviews of Hew ?U*»s 


Imperial 74 mins. 


The production opens with a tribute to 
D. W. Griffith and acknowledging indebted- 
ness to him for the inspiration contained in 
his old silent version of this classic based 
on the Limehouse Tales. The emphasis 
in this Twickenham production from Eng- 
land is, however, on the tragedy, following 
the old Greek formula where all the hor- 
rors and villainies are emphasized. To 
many sensitive femmes it may prove too 
strong meat, especially in the final scene 
where the brutal father mortally injures 
his daughter with a blow from his whip 
handle, and also in an earlier scene where 
he lashes her and you hear her terrified 
screams. There is another nerve-wracking 
bit where he breaks down the door be- 
hind which the girl has locked herself a 
minute before he completes the final 
tragedy. However, there is no denying 
the power of the production, and the out- 
standing element is the remarkable work 
of Dolly Haas, whose emotional range is 
marvellous, and whose pitiable sufferings 
would wring the heart of the most callous. 
Emlyn Williams, who plays the role of 
Chin, the Chinese missionary youth, is ade- 
quate. Arthur Margetson as Battling Bur- 
rows, the brute of a father, is magnifi- 
cent in the sense of repulsion he creates 
in the mind of the beholder. A powerful, 
sinister characterization. The rest of the 
cast are mostly too Cockney in their ac- 
cents to appeal very much to American 
audiences, some of their lines being un- 
distinguishable to our people. As an ex- 
hibit of sordidness and brutality in the 
nortorious Limehouse district of its time, 
here is a stark, gripping drama that has 
seldom been equalled on the screen, and 
Dolly Haas' performance makes the entire 
production a notable event. 

Cast: Dolly Haas, Emlyn Williams, 
Arthur Margetson, Ernest Sefton, C. V. 
France, Ernest Jay, Bertha Belmore, Gibb 
McLaughlin, Donald Calthrop, Kathleen 
Harrison, Kenneth Villiers, Jerry Verno, 
Basil Radford, Edith Sharpe. 

Producer, Julius Hagen; Director, Hans 
Brahm; Editor, Ralph Kemplen; Camera- 
man, Curl Ccurant. 

Direction, Powerful. Photography, Ex- 

Sparks Buys Arliss Film 

The Sparks Circuit has signed for 
the new George Arliss starring 
production, "Man of Affairs," to 
play over its circuit of theaters in 
Florida, according to Geo. W. 
Weeks, GB General Sales Manager. 
The deal was negotiated for GB by 
Scotty Chesnutt, Southern District 
Manager, and By Frank Rogers for 
the circuit. 

"Camille" Clicks In Philly 

'Camille," Greta Garbo-Robert 
Taylor picture, has set a new house 
record for its initial week-end per- 
formances at the Lancaster Theater, 
Philadelphia, M-G-M home office 
said yesterday. 


with Robert Livingston, Grace Bradley 
Republic 60 mins. 


Packing punch and plenty of mass ap- 
peal, this feature goes hammer and tongs 
after manufacturers of phoney patent me- 
dicines, — a racket whose suppression has 
long occupied the attentions of government 
and state authorities, plus the medical pro- 
fession. In addition to being solidly en- 
tertaining and in its swifter action se- 
quences decidedly thrilling, the film de- 
serves wide booking because of its virile, 
crusading theme. Nat Levine, its produc- 
er, chose both cast and technicians for- 
tunately, for Robert Livingston and Grace 
Bradley in the leads are ideally suited to 
their roles; the supporting players skillful 
and convincing in their characterizations; 
and direction by Irving Pichel smooth as 
silk. Much of the picture's effectiveness 
is due to the closely-knit, logical story by 
Richard English and the complete capture 
of its spirit by his screenplay collaborator, 
Endre Bohem. Robert Livingston is a young 
doctor, zealous of professional ethics. He 
carries on exhaustive experiments which 
disclose the eventually fatal effects of a 
patent medicine containing radium. The 
compound is being widely marketed, and 
promoted via radio by Pierre Watkin, the 
head of a ring whose "medicines" are con- 
sumed on a huge scale by a trusting, in- 
nocent public. Livingston determines to 
wipe out the clique, and in course of his 
efforts meets the charming daughter of a 
quack health magazine publisher. The 
girl, Grace Bradley, disapproves of her 
father's vocation and aids Livingston. 
With help of government and local law en- 
forcement agents, the tenacious young 
medico smashes the criminal medicine- 
makers' racket and marries magnetic Miss 
Bradley, but only after hair-raising ex- 
periences, auto chases and timely escapes 
from death. Jack Marta's photography is 
fine and rounds out nicely this diverting 
melodrama. Pop audiences will like. 

Cast: Robert Livingston, Grace Bradley, 
Willard Robertson, Pierre Watkin, Smiley 
Burnett, Granville Bates, William Newell, 
Byron Foulger, Wilbur Mack, Matty Fain, 
Josephine Whittell, Charles Timblin, Wil- 
liam Griffith, De Wolf Hopper, Frank Du 
France, Florence Gill. 

Producer, Nat Levine; Director, Irving 
Pichel; Author, Richard English; Screen- 
play, Endre Bohem, Richard English; Cam- 
eraman, Jack Marta; Editor, Edward Mann. 

Direction, Smooth. Photography, Fine. 

Hunt Seated as Senator 

Trenton, N. J. — William C. Hunt, 
owner of a circuit of movie houses 
in south Jersey and center of a Re- 
publican-Democratic battle for con- 
trol of the State Senate, has been 
seated as a senator. Hunt's election 
by 437 contested votes in the Cape 
May County election last November 
is being contested by his Democratic 
opponent, Jesse Ludlum. 

Oscar Hanson Improves 

Oscar R. Hanson, ill at his home 
in Toronto, is reported substantial- 
ly improved in condition. 


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mands made by widespread double 
featuring, which has been on the in- 
crease, is expected to block all hopes 
for such a move. 

"There is another angle, too," 
commented a leading distribution 
executive yesterday. "Obviously we 
have not got enough box-office names 
to use in all productions so natural- 
ly the pictures other than the ones 
they appear in cannot rate the same 
level of expenditures or generally 
the same box-office value. The only 
solution to the problem seems to be 
the development of new and addi- 
tional starring personalities, which, 
of course, every studio is trying to 

Legislative Committee 

Named by Neb.'s MPTOA 

Omaha — Following a special 
meeting of M. P. T. O. A. .of Ne- 
braska and Western Iowa a com- 
mittee to be prepared for any even- 
tuality which might arise in the 
current session of Nebraska's uni- 
cameral legislature was appointed 
by President Charles Williams of 

The committee includes L. C. 
Ehlers of Minden, Charles Prokop 
of Wahoo, M. Thompson of St. Paul, 
R. E. Falkenberg of Lexington and 
I. N. Kuhl of Seward. 

President Williams announced at 
the meeting that he believes Gov- 
ernor R. L. Cochran's opposition to 
any new tax in Nebraska will fore- 
stall a ticket levy and that the Iowa 
legislature probably will not change 
the present sales tax on theater ad- 

Pittsburgh — Fred J. Herrington, 
secretary of the M. P. T. O. of 
Western Pennsylvania, and William 
L. Brown of Tarentum, chairman of 
the legislative committee of that 
association, left for Harrisburg 
where they will be on guard for 
bills affecting the independent ex- 
hibitors. One measure already con- 
fronting them is the attempted con- 
tinuance of the two-year "emer- 
gency" amusement tax originally 
scheduled to expire in July. 

Managerial Shifts 

Pittsburgh — John McCurdy re- 
signed as manager of Warner's En- 
right Theater here. He was suc- 
ceeded by George Bronson, veteran 
manager of the Sheridan Square. 
Other switches effected by this 
change include the transfer of Lyle 
Harding from the Regent to the 
Sheridan Square, with Sam Gould, 
manager of the Cameraphone, going 
into the Regent. Sam Kleeban, as- 
sistant manager of the Regal The- 
ater in Wilkinsburg was promoted 
as manager of the Regent. 


Friday, Jan. 15,1937 


A "JUttk" fa»» UoMywood "JMs 




T ULI DESTI, Continental film 
star, has been signed to a long 
term contract by Columbia Pic- 
tures. Miss Desti has been in Hol- 
lywood since early in January. She 
will be seen shortly in the U. S. 
in "Thunder In the City," in which 
she plays opposite Edward G. Rob- 
inson, the latter is an Atlantic 
Films production. 

T T T 

Kay Francis's next starring pic- 
ture, it is announced by First Na- 
tional, will be the Continental 
drama "Mazurka," and it will be 
directed by Joe May, European film 
director. Anita Louise will have a 
prominent role. 

Y ▼ T 

With the actual shooting of 
studio scenes for "The Road Back" 
postponed for another week, three 
young men who are going to play 
important parts in it were signed 
by Universal yesterday on long 
term contracts. They are Jean 
Garrick, Robert Spencer and Rob- 
ert Wilcox. Latter was "discov- 
ered" at Buffalo, N. Y., where he 
appeared in Jane Keeler's Little 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

Erik Rhodes finally gets a chance 
to vocalize in "Criminal Lawyer" 
in which RKO Radio has cast him 
as a radio crooner. Rhodes sings 
"Tonight, Lover, Tonight," a num- 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 28 • • • 
COL LESSER. The Boss of Principal Productions and a pioneer of the industry, 
*^ which he entered in 'Frisco in 1907. Established Golden Gate Film Ex- 
change, All Star Feature Distributors Exchange which, in 1914, were consoli- 
dated with Miles Bros, and California Film Ex- 
change. Two years later, established a North- 
ern California circuit. Moved to Los Angeles 
in 1919 and was one of the organizers of West 
Coast Theaters, Inc. Sold out his interest, re- 
tired in 1926. Producing activities in the in- 
terim: All Star Features, Principal Pictures. In 
1930, associated with Inspiration, subsequently 
resigned to become assistant to Joseph Schenck 
at U. A. Resigned in '31 to handle Universal 
Theater circuit. Formed Principal in '32. For 
'37-38. will produce for both RKO Radio and 
20th Century-Fox. Married. Two children. 

ber written by Harry Tobias and 
Jack Stern. 

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Roger Imhof has been signed for 
the featured character lead in the 
B. F. Zeidman production, "Two 
Shall Meet." 

T T T 

George Stevens, who has risen to 
a commanding place among Holly- 
wood's directors in the past 18 
months, has been assigned to two 
of the most important directorial 
spots on RKO Radio's 1937-38 pro- 
gram. He will handle the mega- 
phone on the first Fred Astaire solo 

starring vehicle, "A Damsel in Dis- 
tress," and also direct Ginger Rog- 
ers in a solo feature, "Vivacious 

T T T 

Jimmy Savo will play the role of 
the immortal clown, Marceline, in 
"Hippodrome." Savo will report at 
Universal City on March 1. He is 
appearing at present in the Cafe 
de Paris in London. 

T T T 

Arthur Lubin has been assigned 
to the next John Wayne picture. 
"Short Haul." Herman Boxer 
wrote the story which has a back- 

ground of the trucking industry. 
Production will get under way early 
next week. 

T T T 

The epidemic of colds and influ- 
enza which has been seriously in- 
terfering with production activities 
in Paramount's Hollywood studio 
for several weeks seemed to be on 
the wane today. All leading play- 
ers on the company's contract list 
who have been unable to work be- 
cause of illness reported improve- 
ment in their condition and no new 
serious cases of illness were re- 

▼ t r 

Nate Watt has signed a contract 
to direct "The Round-Up," the 
fourth of the Hopalong Cassidy pic- 
tures being produced by Harry 
Sherman for Paramount. William 
Boyd and James Ellison will appear 
in the leading roles. Maurice 
Geraghty is writing the adaptation 
and screenplay. 

Y T T 

They've found Shirley Temple's 
first leading man. He's Douglas 
Scott, the boy Nelson in "Lloyds 
of London", and he'll be seen oppo- 
site Shirley in "Wee Willie Win- 
kie," based on the Rudyard Kipling 

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Slim Summerville was awarded a 
two-year extension of his contract 
with 20th Century-Fox yesterday by 
Darryl F. Zanuck, while Universal 
yesterday renewed the contract of 
Tala Birell. 

Paramount Reorganizes 

Talent Dept. At Studio 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Paramount today an- 
nounced reorganization of the tal- 
ent department in its Hollywood 
studio. The talent school has been 
put under the direction of Oliver 
Hinsdell, who recently resigned from 
a similar post in the M-G-M studio. 
Ted Lesser, former aide to Adolph 
Zukor, has been added to the staff 
of the talent department to discover 
and develop new screen material. 

Hinsdell and Lesser will work un- 
der direction of A. M. Botsford, pro- 
duction assistant to William Le- 
Baron, managing director of pro- 

Melville Shauer, who has been in 
charge of the talent department 
since the resignation of Jack Votion 
some weeks ago, has resumed his 
duties as an associate producer. 
Phyllis Loughton, who has conduct- 
ed the studio talent school for two 
years will continue her work in the 

"Cloistered" Gets a Fourth 

Pittsburgh — "Cloistered" is stay- 
ing a fourth week at the Art Cine- 
ma Theater, the first picture ever 
to stay that length of time in that 

Barnstyn Sails to Open GN 
Offices in London and Paris 

Jack Barnstyn, vice-president of 
Grand National in charge of foreign 
distribution, who sailed on the Aqui- 
tania yesterday, will open offices in 
London and Paris. He will later 
make distributing arrangements in 
the following countries: Holland, 
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Fin- 
land, Latvia, Poland, Czechoslo- 
vakia, Hungary, Austria, Greece, 
Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, 
Iraq, Persia, Italy and Switzerland. 

43 at 20th-Fox K. C. Meet 

About 43 members of the 20th 
Century-Fox sales department will 
attend the Kansas City district man- 
agers' meeting, the date of which 
will be fixed immediately by John 
D. Clark, distribution head. Clark 
will preside at the sessions which 
will be held following his coast trip, 
on which he leaves New York Mon- 

Excellent's Sales Up 35 P.C. 

Detroit — Sales of films have in- 
creased 35 per cent over a year ago, 
S. K. Decker, head of Excellent Pic- 
tures, told The Film Daily. Excel- 
lent has "With Love and Kisses" 
running currently at the Downtown 
Theater as a first-run. 

Columbia Lists Releases 
for "Montague Sweepstakes" 

Productions to be released by Co- 
lumbia during its "Montague Sweep- 
stakes" sales and billing drive which 
will run from Jan. 17 to May 1, will 
include "When You're In Love", 
"Women of Glamour", "Devil's Play- 
ground", "Women in Distress", 
"Westbound Mail", "Dodge City 
Trail", "I Promise to Pay", "Law 
of the Range" and "Freedom for 

55th St. Plans Anniversary 

The 55th St. Playhouse will mark 
its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, 
Jan. 19 with the American premiere 
of "Masquerade in Vienna", prize- 
winning film starring Paula Wess- 
ely, Adolph Wolhbruck, Olga Tsche- 
kowa and Peter Peterson. World 
Pictures is releasing the film. 

Sales Drive for Gluckman 

Celebrating the 20th anniversary 
of the Herman Gluckman's entrance 
into the exhibition field, friends and 
employees have set aside February 
.and March as "Herman Gluckman 
IMonths" for a sales drive. Gluck- 
inan, head of the local Republic ex- 
change, is now on the coast. 

Missouri Gov. Would Hike 
State Sales Tax to 2 P. C. 

Jefferson City, Mo. — Gov. Lloyd 
Crow Stark in his maiden message 
to the Missouri General Assembly 
recommended that the state's sales 
tax be continued and that the rate 
be hiked from 1 to 2 per cent, that 
the state's gasoline tax be raised 
from 2 to 3 cents per gallon, and 
that the state property tax be abol- 
ished. He would have the state 
assume all direct relief payments. 

Omaha — Local theater owners 
breathed more freely when the city 
council in its preliminary budget 
draft suddenly dropped plans for a 
general occupation tax. 

Instead the councilmen now plan 
to pass a selective occupational tax 
directed against big business in the 
city and ignoring amusement enter- 

Hungarian Film for Modern 

"Salary, 200 Monthly", a Hun- 
garian dialogue picture, will have 
its American premiere on Jan. 21 
at the Modern Playhouse, 81st St. 
and 3rd Ave. It is a musical com- 
edy with the "Clark Gable" of Hun- 
gary, Paul Javor, starred. Danubia 




Friday, Jan. 15, 1937 


Sonja Henie will make a return 
p. a. at the Duquesne Garden here 
next month. 

Betty Janos, secretary to Joe 
Feldman, Warner's publicity chief, 
resigned to get married. She was 
succeeded by Mildred White. 

Joe Gins of the Columbia Ex- 
change is bringing in his family 
from Washington, D. C., where they 
have been living for the last year. 

George F. Callahan, Jr., is in 
charge of the Exhibitors Service Co. 
here during the absence of his 
father who is now vacationing in 

Bill Davis presented a bonus to 
the employees of his Triangle The- 

Fire of undetermined origin 
caused $500 damage to the Harris 
Theater in Tarentum. 

George Elmo of the Paramount 
exchange has been vacationing with 
his family in Cuba. 

Kennywood Park will not operate 
a movie house this season, President 
J. B. McSwigan reports. 

Benny Andur of the Garden The- 
ater is the chairman of the M. P. 
T. 0. of W. Pa. membership drive 
which got under way this month. 

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Mergens. Father is booking 
manager of the Paramount Ex- 

George Lefko, RKO manager, 
back from the West Coast where he 
has been vacationing for three 

Jules Rieff, Columbia auditor, is 
in Montefiore Hospital for a stom- 
ach operation. 

Emmaline Fineberg, secretary of 
the local Film Board of Trade, will 
publish the annual local theater 
guide next month. 

L. C. McElroy of the Theater 
Co. returned from his vacation in 

Fred Herrington, secretary of the 
M. P. T. O. of W. Pa., will attend 
the national Allied's directors' 
meeeting in Baltimore, Jan. 21-22. 

Warner Staff Goes Social 

Newark, N. J. — Warner Bros, ex- 
ecutive, theater managers and mem- 
bers of the divisional staff held a 
midnight dinner-dance Tuesday at 
the_ Robert Treat Hotel here. The 
divisional headquarters represents 
more than 50 theaters in the New- 
ark area and northern part of the 

Alabama Theater Leased 

Birmingham, Ala. — - The Waters 
Theater Co. has leased the Imperial 
Theater at Tarrant City for a per- 
iod of five years. The building will 
be remodeled with the seating ca- 
pacity doubled and a structural glass 
and stucco front. 

Milwaukee Firms Merge 

Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rink Ad- 
vertising Service here has been 
merged with the Wisconsin Poster 
Service Agency. 

NEWS of the DAY 

Hope, Ark. — The Rialto, a new 
550-seat theater, owned by the Mal- 
co people, is scheduled to open here 
about Feb. 1. House will be man- 
aged by Arthur Swanke, manager 
of the Saenger. 

Monroe, Mich. — The J. R. Dennis- 
ton Theater Co., a branch of the 
Butterfield Theater Co., will erect 
a new theater here on a site just 
acquired from the Fred G. Ohr es- 
tate. Purchase price was more than 

Detroit — R. E. Lee has joined the 
staff of Wilding Picture Produc- 
tions, Inc., Detroit, in the creative 
department. Lee comes from Chi- 
cago where he was formerly direc- 
tor of sales of Stevens-Oavis Co. 

Cincinnati — J. C. Newbold has 
taken over three houses: The Bram- 
well, at Bramwell, W. Va.; the Mc- 
Comas at McComas, W. Va., and the 
Maybery at Maybery, W. Va. New- 
bold also operates four other houses. 

Elkton, Ky.— E. L. Miller has sold 
his Palace Theater to Ethel Curry. 

Clinton, Ind. — Harold Neese, op- 
erator of the Beverly at Brazil, has 
reopened the Capitol here. 

Evansville, Ind. — Arthur Gerber 
has renovated and remodeled the 
old Fulton Theater, changed the 
name to Mary Lane, and will oper- 
ate on a double-feature program. 

Pittsfield, Me.— The Liberty The- 
ater has been purchased by Fred 
Couture, operator of the State at 
Dover, N. H. 

Chicago — Gregory Brothers and 
Gil Martin have organized the Ot- 
tawa Orpheum Amusement Corp. to 
operate the Orpheum Theater in 
Ottawa. Thomas E. White handled 
the legal details. 


Pensacola, Fla. — Saenger Amuse- 
ment Corp. will remodel the Isis 
Theater, Monte Hance, manager, an- 

Omaha — Adding to his string of 
six neighborhood and downtown 
houses here, Ralph Goldberg has 
purchased the 500-seat neighborhood 
Winn from the Winn Theater Corp. 
Mrs. A. Hirs also has sold the Gem, 
a 250-seat neighborhood house here, 
to Louis Slusky. 

Alcester, S. D. — A. P. Sorenson 
has bought the 225-seat Barrymore 
from C. E. Werden. 

Clarion, Pa. — The new theater 
which Hayes Garbarino constructed 
here has been named the Garby. It 
will open around the first of Febru- 

Osceola, Neb. — F. E. Klein has 
started remodeling the Rivoli, with 
Leo Dworak of Omaha as architect. 

New Haven — The Stuart, Lake- 
ville, under the new ownership of 
Samuel Rosen of Rosen Film Deliv- 
eries here, and Arthur Lockwood, 
Middletown exhibitor, will open 

Aliquippa, Pa. — Forrest Shontz, 
former manager of the Harlem Ca- 
sino in Pittsburgh, has been named 
manager of the Temple Theater 
here, owned by George Davis. 

La Rose As An M. C. 

Detroit — Joseph La Rose, mana- 
ger of the Eastown Theater, was 
m.c. at the Westown Theater, twin 
house of the Wisper and Wetsman 
Circuit, this week for the Detroit 
Times Homemakers Club. Vernon 
Rickard, screen tenor, currently at 
Northwood Inn, was featured in the 

Weds Film Producer 

Mrs. Virginia G. Donnelly, 
widowed former actress, and Jean 
G. DeCavaignac, French film pro- 
ducer, are on honeymoon following 
wedding Wednesday in chapel of St. 
Patrick's Cathedral. She inherited 
fortune of her husband, the late 
Paul F. Donnelly, Kansas City dress 

"Eternal Mask" Opens Big 

Opening day's business of "Eter- 
nal Mask," at the Filmarte Theater 
exceeded that for "La Kermesse 
Heroique," prize-winnig French film. 
"Eternal Mask" is being distributed 
by Arthur Mayer and Jos. Burstyn. 

To Produce Spanish Pix 

Sacramento, Cal. — Hispano Film 
Corporation has filed incorporation 
papers at Sacramento and will pro- 
duce Spanish language pix at the 
International Studios. Officers of 
the company are Victor Clebborn, 
president; Francois B. de Valdes, 
vice president, and K. R. Clebborn, 

Dancing Team In Hospital 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Eleanore Whitney 
and Johnny Downs, Paramount's ace 
dancing team, went to the hospital 
yesterday suffering from minor in- 
juries received in dance rehearsals 
for "Turn Off The Moon". 

Gonzales Takes Negro Film 

C. Gonzales of Reliable Film Ex- 
port Co. has closed a deal for "Har- 
lem Is Heaven," the all-Negro star 
cast production, with Bill Robinson, 
for the territory of Egypt, Syria, 
Palestine and Iran (Persia). 

Jeff Williams is personally man- 
aging the East Detroit Theater, 
East Detroit, Mich., while he has ap- 
pointed Bruce Harrison as manager 
of his Roseville Theater at Rose- 

Donald Dunn, formerly manager 
of the Madison State, Paramount, 
and Adams Theaters for United De- 
troit Theaters Circuit, has rejoined 
the staff as assistant to Roy Miller 
at the Regent Theater, succeeding 
George A. Ranshaw. 

Wendle Smith has also joined the 
U. D. T. staff as assistant to Myron 
Van Buren, manager of the Madison 
Theater, headquarters house of the 
circuit. Smith was with the Essan- 
ess Circuit in Chicago recently. 

Local police closed Screeno at the 
East Detroit Theater at East De- 
troit, on the contention that it was 
a game of chance. 

William A. Schulte, Detroit and 
Michigan circuit operator, is recov- 
ering from a severe attack of in- 

United Artists Exchange has 
completed moving to the new fifth 
floor of the Film Exchange Build- 

Irwin Pollard, Columbia office 
manager, is on the sick list with 

Charles Walker remains as man- 
ager of the Savoy Theater, East 
Side Negro house, which has been 
taken over from John Harper by 
Ned Weitzman and M. Meskin. 

Fred DeLodder, Jr., formerly 
manager of the Maxine Theater, has 
been appointed booker for the De- 
Lodder Circuit by his father, suc- 
ceeding Jake Sullivan, who is now 
manager of the Piccadilly Theater 
for Wisper and Wetsman Circuit. 
Jerry Gudneau is new manager at 
the Maxine. Albert Schwenter, for- 
mer assistant at the Del-The The- 
ater, is new manager of the Fla- 
mingo, replacing F. Hitzelberg. 

Leonard Salsbury is new mana- 
ger of the Arcadia Theater, for Jul- 
ius D. London Circuit, succeeding 
M. A. Tork, transferred to the 

Pittsburgh Theater Sold 

Pittsburgh — A. S. Guggenheim 
sold the New Atlas Theater here 
to Milton A. Samuels, president of 
the New Atlas Theater Co., who 
has been operating the house for 
the last several years. Mr. Sam- 
uels reports that the theater will 
be completely remodeled. 

Imperial in New Haven 

Philip Sherman, formerly associ- 
ated with Gaumont British as man- 
ager, has been appointed manager 
of the Imperial exchange at New 
Haven by E. J. Smith. Imperial 
will open new offices in the film 
building in New Haven. 

Bill for Sunday Movies 

Montgomery, Ala. — A bill to le- 
galize Sunday shows in Fort Payne 
has been introduced in the House 
of Representatives of the legislature 
in session here. 

Intimate in Character 
In tern aJfek) rial in S|ope 
Independent in Tb^ight 


VOL. 71. NO. 13 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 




MPTOA Will Review Operation of Trade Concessions 


Theaters Asking for Protection on Giveaway Games 

Exclusive Zone Rights Being 

Sought by Various 


A new kind of protection — -that 
seeking exclusive zone rights to var- 
ious giveaways and games — is now 
being sought by circuits, and indi- 
vidual theaters, it was learned yes- 
terday in New York. Sponsors of 
the plans are opposed to the idea. 

This problem, at least fiom the 
viavvpoint of the distributor of the 
parties, is becoming more acute as 
their circulation increases by leaps 
and bounds. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — With four pictures 
now in production and seven in the 
cutting rooms being edited for early 
release, RKO Radio will start the 
new year with a rush by sending 
seven additional features before 
cameras this month. The first, 
"Wings of Mercy," will be followed 
by "Outcasts of Poker Flat," "Easy 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Japan Bans "Mutiny" and "Mary o.f Scotland" 

Tokio ( By Cable) — "Mutiny on the Bounty," voted the No. 1 picture ot 1936 by 
American film critics in the annual Film Daily "10 Best Pictures" poll, yesterday was 
banned here on the ground that it was "too revolutionary." At the same time, "Mary 
of Scotland" was banned "out of respect to the Japanese throne." 

AT K. G, ON FEB. 4-5 

Sales Tax Appeal Hearings 
Deferred Until Jan. 25 

Arguments on the appeal filed by 
both major distributors and the city 
of New York in connection with the 
2 per cent sales tax has been put 
off until Jan. 25 in the Court of Ap- 
peals at Albany. Case had been 
scheduled for next Monday. Fred- 
erick H. Wood will argue in behalf 
of the film companies. 

Black Legionnaires as Critics 

Detroit — By permission of Warden 
Harry H. Jackson, four convicts serving 
long sentences for Black Legion crimes 
in the Southern Michigan State Prison 
will function as critics and preview 
Warners' "Black Legion" to check the 
film's authenticity, it was announced 

Annual 20th Century-Fox mid- 
winter district managers' meeting 
will be held Feb. 4 and 5 at Kansas 
City, John D. Clark, general man- 
ager of distribution, announced yes- 
terday. Clark, who will preside at 
the sessions, will first go to the 
Coast to confer with Darryl Za- 

Attendance will include eight dis- 
trict managers, the home office staff, 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Three Industry Measures 
to Reach Roosevelt Today 

Three bills applying to the motion 
picture and other industries, drafted 
by the National Council for Indus- 
trial Progress, will be transmitted 
to President Roosevelt at Washing- 
ton today for his consideration. One 
authorizes loans for small enter- 
(Continued on Page 6) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Duffy Copy- 
right Bill, still containing the pro- 
vision for elimination of the exist- 
ing $250 fine for each copyright 
violation which Ascap finds so ob- 
jectionable has been re-introduced 
in the Senate and referred to the 
Senate Copyright Committee. Con- 
gressman William I. Sirovich of 
New York has announced that he 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Dallas Anti-Trust Trial 

May Run Only Single Day 

Indications are that trial of the 
Dallas anti-trust case, brought by 
the Department of Justice against 
seven major distributors and the 
Karl Hoblitzelle theater interests, 
will not run more than one day, ac- 
cording to well-informed New York 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Amo.unt Paid for Royalties 

Due Under March, 

1936, Pact 

Major companies have agreed to 
settle with Tobis Klangfilm for a 
sum estimated to be $75,000 for 
royalties due under the March 1936 
agreement in the German speaking 
countries of Europe excepting Ger- 
many, where payment is made in 
marks, subject to further modifica- 
tions in the pact to be agreed upon 
at further conferences. 

The American companies sought 
to make payments in all the German 
(Continued on Page 6) 


To Make Checkup at Annual Meeting 
Of Exhibitors Ass'n in Miami Mar. 16 

Ascap Negotiates Peace 

With Snohomish County 

After being barred from doing 
business in the State of Washing- 
ton because of an indictment voted 
in Snohomish County against Ascap 
officers which would have made any 
representative of the society in 
Washington liable to arrest, Ascap 
has reached an agreement with Sno- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

A review of operation of trade 
practice concessions granted by na- 
tional distributing companies will 
take place at the annual convention 
of the M. P. T. O. A. at the Miami 
Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Mar. 16-18. 
Four companies, Paramount, Colum- 
bia, GB and Republic, remain to be 
heard from as to their position on 
the exhibitor association's 10-point 

Among matters to be checked up 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Philadelphia — With a settlement 
in the Loew dispute still pending, 
the U.M.P.T.O., in open session yes- 
terday, went on record as against 
weekly payments for shorts as the 
next step in its campaign to secure 
definite relief for members. Point- 
ing out that some exhibitors were 
paying for shorts which they had 
not yet played, the body voted 
to object to the plan on next year's 

(Continued on Page 7) 

25 Fox Midwest Theaters 
Advance B. O. Top 5 Cents 

Kansas City, Mo.— The Fox Mid- 
west circuit has advanced admission 
five cents at 25 of its 200 theaters. 
All other theaters in the Kansas 
City territory including the Dickin- 
son and W. D. Fulton circuits, are 

(Continued on Page 7) 

All Para. Stocks at Highs 

All Paramount issues on the big board 
soared to new highs yesterday. The 
first preferred moved up 123/4 points to 
185'/ 4 . The old high was 180. The 
second preferred went up ]% to IV/t,. 
The common touched a new top of 
26%, the day's gain being 1%. 




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Harry Carey Katherine Stewart 

Diana Wynyard Elmer G. Leterman 

Carl Laemmle Patsy Ruth Miller 

Noah Beery NilsAsther 

Grant Withers Mack Sennett 

Harmon Yaffa 

• • • A UNIQUE telephone broadcast across the nation 
took place yesterday afternoon in the home offices of Columbia 

the occasion being the inauguration of the company's 

sales drive in honor of general sales manager A. Montague 

hooking up branch offices in 31 cities simultaneously 

so Columbia has the distinction of having held the first 

"transcontinental meeting" ever arranged by direct telephone 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • AT EVERY Columbia branch office the salesmen 
and entire office staffs as well as invited guests among the 
local exhibitors assembled at 5 o'clock before loudspeakers 

the assembled staffs heard in turn the addresses made 

from the board room in the home office by Jack Cohn, A. Mon- 
tague, Joe McConville and Rube Jackter the telephone 

company's engineers handled the broadcast efficiently, and the 

entire proceeding consumed about 10 minutes quite a stunt 

talking to a staff of some 1,500 scattered in 31 spots all 

over the United States 

T T T 

• • • SOME SORT of a new record has been set by Mil- 
ton Overman city manager for L. L. Dent's theaters in 

Lincoln, Nebraska he held over a picture for an extra 

week because nobody came to see it during the first week 

Milt figured it was as good as new for the second week 

T T T 

• • • TO DATE 70,000 of "How Talkies Are Made" have 

been distributed written by Barrett C. Kiesling of the 

Metro studio as a guide to visiting newspaper editors on the 
technical angles, it has been taken up by colleges, clubs, news- 
papers, libraries, Better Films Councils and has been 

translated into many foreign languages 

Russell Hadley Dies in 

Los Angeles Hospital 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Russell Hadley, 34, 
died yesterday in a Los Angeles hos- 
pital. Funeral services and burial 
will be in Los Angeles. 

Russell Hadley was a brother of 
Hap Hadley, widely known artist, 
and in association with his brother 
will be remembered for his work in 
the early days of the talkies. 

His immediate survivors include 
his wife and two daughters. 

Plagiarism Trial Deferred 

Trial of "The Scoundrel" plagiar- 
ism suit against Paramount yester- 
day was put off to the March term 
of the New York State Supreme 

Schwartzman Convalescing 

Attorney Samuel Schwartzman is 
at his home recuperating from a 
recent appendicitis operation. 

Picketed Theater Closes 

Detroit — The Brooklyn Theater, 
operated by Chester B. Brown, Jr., 
and Charles Lightner, has closed. 
House had been picketed for several 
weeks by Projectionists' Local, I. A. 
T. S. E. 

Reade Group Will Build 

Morristown, N. J. House 

American Community Theaters 
Corp., through President Walter 
Reade, yesterday announced the pur- 
chase of a theater site at Morris- 
town, N. J., for $125,000 from the 
Henry C. Pitney estate. Thomas W. 
Lamb will be the architect for the 
house which, it was said, will cost 
approximately $500,000. Work will 
start March 1 and the house is to be 
completed by July 1. 

Rites for Mrs. Atwell 

Funeral services for Mrs. Ben H. 
Atwell, wife of the theatrical pub- 
licity man, who died Wednesday of 
a heart ailment in the Mt. Sinai 
Hospital, will be held at Cooke's 
Funeral Home, 117 W. 72nd Street 
at noon today. Professionally 
known as Marcella Albus, she had 
sung in opera and concert. In addi- 
tion to her husband, surviving is a 
sister, Mrs. Lillian Stevens, of Kan- 
sas City. 

Gaston Services Monday 

Last rites will be held Monday 
for George Gaston, 93, oldest actor 
residing at the Actors Fund of 
America Home in Englewood, N. J., 
whose death occurred there Thurs- 
day. Services will be held at Walter 
B. Cooke Funeral Home, 117 W. 72nd 
Street, at 11 A. M. 

Coming and Going 

VINCENTE MINNELLI, designer and stager 
of musicals and film theater presentation pro- 
grams, arrives in Hollywood this week-end 
from New York to join Paramount studio staff. 
Company recently awarded him a 40-week con- 

BUDD ROGERS on Monday leaves New York 
on a brief trip to Philadelphia and Washing- 

OLIVER GARRETT, Coast writer, goes to 
England late this month. 

LESTER COHEN leaves Hollywood next month 
for England via New York. 

E. E. BLAKE, managing director of Kodak 
Limited, London, and HARRY SHILTON, man- 
aging director of the Kodak-Pathe company 
in Paris, have arrived in New York on a short 
business trip. 

KAY FRANCIS is staying at Ritz Tower 
Hotel before returning to the coast. 

al screen writers, arrive today in New York 
from Washington where they have been in 
consultation with Navy Department officials 
regarding scenes in "Wings Over Honolulu." 

ANTON WALBROOK, continental stage and 
film star who will be introduced to American 
audiences in RKO Radio's production of 
"Michael Strogoff," arrives Monday in New 
York from Hollywood. 

BARNEY BALABAN, president of Paramount 
and STANTON GRIFFIS, chairman of the com- 
pany's executive committee, left Hollywood 
yesterday for New York City. 

LILLI PALMER, Viennese actress under con- 
tract to GB, will sail shortly for Hollywood 
under a loan arrangement now being con- 

VLADIMIR SOKOLOFF, Russian actor, is on 
board the liner Champlain, which will arrive 
in New York next Thursday. Under contract 
to Warner Bros., he will after a few days 
in this city, proceed to Hollywood. 

FERNAND GRAVET, star of Mervyn LeRoy's 
"The King and the Chorus Girl," sails today 
for Europe on the liner Paris. He will re- 
turn to the United States next September. 

EDWARD ALPERSON has delayed his de- 
parture for Hollywood from New York until 

IAN KEITH is in New York from the coast, 
rehearsing in a new show. 

CHARLES C. PETTIJOHN goes to Washing- 
ton Monday to attend the inauguration. 

Will Redeem Loew Issue 

Announcement was made yester- 
day by Dillon, Read & Co. as pay- 
ing agent, that it has selected by 
lot for redemption on Feb. 15, out 
of moneys in the sinking fund, 
$260,000 principal amount of Loew's, 
3 J /2 per cent sinking fund deben- 
tures, due Feb. 14, 1946. 






Instead of a mahogany - trimmed, 
plush-upholstered trailer, Gene Autry 
carries a portable stable for his two 
cow-ponies. — REPUBLIC. 


In Comparison With The Low Intensity Arc, 
The SUPREX ARC Gives: 

• WhiteT projection light 

• 150 to 200 percent moTe screen illumination 

• High permissible level of general illumination 

• Greater clarity and depth in the projection of 

black and white productions 

• MoTe accurate color values in the projection of 

color features and sequences 






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Chicago — Joe Goldburg organiza- 
tion reports the purchase by Bala- 
ban & Katz circuit of 5,000 Ideal 
cushion seats for their theaters. 

Kansas City, Mo. — Complete new 
sound equipment has just been in- 
stalled in the Macon Theater at Ma- 
con, Mo., owned by Glenn W. Dick- 

Chicago — The Ridge Theater at 
West Pullman is being remodeled, 
the Midwest Theater Supply Co. 
handling the job. The Apollo at 
Belvidere, 111., is also being mod- 
ernized by the same firm. 

Lake Butler, Fla. — F. Alig, pro- 
prietor, opened his new Lake Thea- 
ter. The place has been remodeled 
and equipped with new machinery. 

De Pere, Wis. — Remodeling oper- 
ations concluded at the Pearl The- 
ater here include new seats, car- 
peting and air conditioning plant. 

Tallahassee, Fla.— A. P. Tally, 
manager of the State, announces 
that new sound equipment is being 
installed. Only one other theater 
in the state so far has installed this 
particular type unit. 

St. Louis — The Baden Theater is 
being remodeled and improved at a 
cost of $11,000. The improvements 
will include complete interior deco- 
rating, new lighting equipment, a 
modern air conditioning system, etc. 
The house is operated by the Kai- 
man brothers who are also inter- 
ested in several other houses in 
North St. Louis. 


is what you will say 

when you hear the 



just installed at the 

Soundfilm Enterprises, Inc. 

Public Projection Room 
723 7th Ave. Tel. MEd. 3-3248 N.Y.C. 

New Haven — Sam Meadow who, 
as director of the Elm City State 
Theater Corp., recently took over 
operation of the State, on expira- 
tion of the lease of Morris and Sam 
Hadelman, is doing a general re- 
decoration job on the interior. 

New Haven — Ralph Civitello, Yale 
Art School graduate now doing 
commercial work, is supplying com- 
plete new lobby service to the 
Shelton Theater here, and the Cap- 
itol, Barnum, Colonial and Carroll, 
in Bridgeport. 

Wynne, Ark. — Complete remodel- 
ing of the Imperial here will begin 
within the next few days, Mrs. Nell 
Kellogg, manager, has announced. 
The front of the building is to be 
rearranged, a new marquee erected, 
and entrances on each side made. 
Two hundred and forty cushioned 
seats will be installed. The interior 
will be remodeled and redecorated. 

Belvidere, 111.— The Apollo Thea- 
ter, under Eddie Zorn's direction, is 
being remodeled. C. C. Shepard is 
house manager. 

Chicago — Rose Theater, formerly 
the Dale, under the Harry Balaban 
management, has been remodeled in 
every department. The Lincoln, 
under Goldberg & Evans manage- 
ment, has installed a new front and 
made other improvements in the 

Chicago — The Indiana and Illinois 
Theater circuit reports the installa- 
tion of a new ventilating system in 
the Roxy at Peru, 111., and other 
improvements in the house. Dale 
Loomis is manager. Sipe Theater 
at Kokomo is also being overhauled, 
with seating capacity increased to 
1,200. Sam Neal is the house man- 

Chicago — The Jefferson Theater 
on Milwaukee Ave. is being over- 
hauled and many improvements 
made in jthe neighborhood house, 
which is now showing dual bills. 

Peru, Ind. — The Wallace Theater, 
under R. B. Pilcher management, 
has been modernized in all depart- 


Orleans — The Globe has 
new sound equipment. 

Combatting Fire Hazards ii 

ONE of the primary duties of a motion picture exhibitor is to guard 
against fires. The safety of his patrons takes precedence over 
every other consideration. Their comfort, which is yet of the 
greatest importance, is a minor consideration in comparison to their 
physical safety while in his theater. 

The first duty of the exhibitor in regard to fires is to take every pre- 
cautionary and preventive measure against them within his power. 

Keeping the theater clean, free from rubbish, old papers, waste 
cloth, any inflammable material, in corners, cubby-holes, basement, etc., 
is the first precautionary step. The second is to inspect sprinkler sys- 
tem, hose, and fire extinguishers at frequent enough intervals so that 
there is no possibility of any of them being out of order — the sprinkler 
clogged or otherwise out of order, the fire extinguisher containers half 
or entirely empty, the hose rotted or worn thin in spots. 

Another matter of paramount importance is to have all exit doors 
opening outward so that patrons pressing against them, in the panic that 
almost invariably accompanies a fire, will not trap themselves through 
their frantic efforts to escape. All exits should be inspected every day 
before the first performance to see that they are unlocked, free of all 
obstruction, so that pressure against them will automatically open them. 

Lights indicating exits should at all times be in working order. They 
should be in plain view, and large enough to be distinguished through a 
darkened and smoke-filled auditorium. 

But there are other precautions that the exhibitor is bound to take. 
Fires are not all of one type. What will extinguish one fire, before it 
gets beyond control, will allow another type to burn. There are various 
types of extinguishers. 

A general purpose extinguisher is the soda-acid appliance which de- 
pends upon the liberation of sulphuric acid within a solution of bi- 
carbonate of soda. The carbonic acid gas is then liberated and expels 
the mixture in a high-pressure stream. The soda-acid extinguisher is 
best for smouldering masses like seating where a considerable amount 
of internal heat is generated, because of its cooling, penetrating quali- 

This is not suitable, however, for a fire of electrical origin where there 
is always the danger of short-circuiting. It is entirely useless against 
fires of gaseous origin. The life of this extinguisher is from eight to 10 
years. Its makeup, in the course of time, corrodes the container with 
the result that the extinguisher may be unsafe to use. When corrosion 
occurs, the tank may prove unable to withstand high pressure and burst- 






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ing occur, possibly with disastrous consequences. In such cases, the 
extinguisher and its container should be renewed. Copper is more re- 
sistant to corrison from soda-acid extinguishers than steel, and remains 
serviceable for a longer period. All such extinguishers should be ex- 
amined internally at least every two years. 

The special province of the foam extinguisher is in fires having their 
origin in oils, petrols and similar liquids, the flames from which would 
merely be scattered by jets of a watery solution. The "foam" extin- 
guisher is composed of myriads of tiny globules of carbon-dioxide which 
cling tenaciously to a flame, excluding air and thus stifling the blaze. 
This oil extinguisher, which can be produced in about five seconds, will 
rapidly quell the fiercest burning of fires, provided there is enough of 
the liquid. The ordinary two-gallon container will often not be suffi- 
cient in quantity. There are foam engines of from 10 to 30 gallon capa- 
city, which can be wheeled about and operated by one man. 

Foam extinguisher should not be employed on a fire of electrical 
origin, as its first discharge is wholly liquid. For fires of electrical 
origin sand or a powder extinguisher is the best. The extinguisher should 
be aimed with all the force possible. The liquid carbon-tetrachloride 
being a non-conductor of electricity, is also recommended for fires of 
electrical origin. 

The carbon-tetrachloride extinguisher is also recommended for fires 
originating from oil and petrol, unless originating from bulk storage. 
However, there is a danger of toxic poisoning, as the extinguisher, if 
it comes in contact with certain materials, turns to a gas which may 
contain phosgene vapor fumes, twice as toxic as chloroform. The phos- 
gene is soon decomposed by the high temperature of a fire, and the 
danger of suffocation is not great. This type of extinguisher should be 
used indoors only when no other appliance is available. It is not recom- 
mended for use in the theater proper. Extinguishers of methyl-bromide, 
or mixtures of it, which produce a choking gas cloud, should not be used 
in the theater itself. 

In projector fires, water is of no avail. Here CO appliances should 
be used. 

It should be remembered that most chemical extinguishers are but 
"first aid" in the case of fires. Water remains a stand-by in the usual 
types of fires, and for turning it upon flames the small-bore hose reels 
have advantages over the larger hydrants and collapsible canvas hose. 
The water sprinkler system is best adapted for the stage, wings and 
flies with their flimsy flats, draperies, costumes, etc. 





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New Haven — Contract for 1,000 
floating comfort seats and all thea- 
ter and booth equipment, stage and 
accessories, totalling approximately 
$20,000, for the State Theater, Tor- 
rington, was awarded to Modern 
Theater Equipment, the work to 
start immediately under the person- 
al supervision of Lou Phillips. The 
house which remained unfinished 
for the past nine years, and was re- 
cently taken over by Levine, Jacob- 
son and Kaufman of Bridgeport, is 
scheduled for a Feb. 7 opening. The 
house will be operated by State 
Theater, Inc., of Torrington, a new 
corporation, with the Bridgeport 
trio as directors. Levine and Jacob - 
son are also directors of the Strand 
Amusement Co., which operates six 
neighborhood houses in Bridgeport. 

Detroit — Oliver Theater Supply, 
Inc., has sold two low intensity 
Brenkert lamps and rectifiers to 
Harold Schuckert for the Rex The- 
ater, at Vassar, Mich. 

Detroit — Ernest Forbes is chang- 
ing the Theater Equipment Co., 
which he headed for some years to 
the new Oliver Theater Supply, 
Inc. Offices will remain on the first 
floor of the Film Exchange Build- 
ing, and the same general line of 
theater supplies and equipment will 

be carried. The new move marks 
the complete affiliation of the Cleve- 
land store, operated by F. P. Lang- 
ford, who is secretary and treas- 
urer of the company, while Forbes 
is president and general manager. 
The store is being completely re- 

Omaha — Scott-Ballentyne Co. an- 
nounces sale of sound projection and 
500 seats to Bob Oliver and Mrs. 
Muriel Frandsen, who hope to open 
their new $25,000 house at Onawa, 
la., about Feb. 15; new carpet to 
Oscar Johnson's Rivoli, Falls City, 
Neb.; lamps and rectifiers to E. L. 
Jonson's Bend, North Bend, Neb., 
and Magic Weather cooling systems 
for April installations to A. R. Mil- 
ler's Broadway, Audubon, la., Glen 
Newbold's Temple, Yates Center, 
Kan., and J. P. Lamson's Rivoli, 
West Point, Neb. 


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One in a million theatre patrons won't notice the car- 
pet on your floor, but the other 999,999 will. Attrac- 
tively styled, deep-pile carpet goes a long way toward 
creating a luxurious atmosphere — which is one reason 
why you'll find Alexander Smith Carpets in the major- 
ity of the country's most successful theatres. 



Saturday, Jan. 16, 1937 i 

T06IS FOR $75,000 

(Continued from Page 1) 

speaking countries, where they have 
considerable "frozen" deposits, in 
the currency of those countries. To- 
bis, in the March 1936 agreement, 
had promised that it would endeavor 
to obtain consent of the German 
Government to payment in the cur- 
rency of the countries, but was only 
able to get such consent for Ger- 
many. Milton Diamond, counsel for 
Tobis, has now agreed to once again 
try to get the German Government 
to waive payment in dollars. 

The American companies were 
represented at the conferences by 
Leopold Friedman of Loew's, Frank- 
lin G. Irvy of 20th Century-Fox and 
Roger Clements of Paramount. 

20th-Fox Sales Meet 

at K. C. on Feb. 4-5 

A "JUUU" pu»» "Ms" 


(Continued from Page 1) 

and managers of the Chicago, De- 
troit, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee 

The following will go from New York: 
Division Managers William J. Kupper, Wil- 
liam Sussman, and William C. Gehring; di- 
rector of pulbicity and advertising Charles E. 
McCarthy; General Counsel Felix Jenkins; 
Adsales Manager Lee Balsly; Foreign Man- 
ager Walter J. Hutchinson, and Leslie Whal- 
en; New York Branch Manager Harry H. 
Buxbaum; Branch Sales Manager Joseph J. 
Lee; Northeast District Manager Thomas J. 

Also at the meetings will be William J. 
Clark, sales manager of short subjects and 
Movietone News, Clarence A. Hill, Edwin C. 
Collins, Theodore Shaw, Martin Moskowitz, 
Nat B. Finkler, Jack Bloom; Harvey Day., 
representing Terrytoons; and Roger Ferri, 
editor of Dynamo. 

Clark will introduce to the meeting Cana- 
dian District Manager J. P. O'Loghlin, whom 
he recently appointed to lead the next S. R. 
Kent drive. Other district managers to at- 
etnd will be Herman Wobber, San Fran- 
cisco; Harry G. - Ballance, Atlanta; Morton 
A. Levy, Minneapolis; George A. Roberts, 
Cleveland; Edgar Moss, Philadelphia; Ward 
E. Scott, Kansas City. Branch managers 
present will be Clyde W. Eckhardt, Chi- 
cago; Lester Sturm, Detroit; George T. Lan- 
dis, Indianapolis; Jack Lorentz, Milwaukee; 
George W. Fuller, Kansas City. 



(CRASHING Hollywood during his 
vacation season, Frank Anthony, 
line coach of the University of West 
Virginia, is playing a soldier in 
"23 V2 Hours' Leave," Douglas Mac- 
Lean's second production for Grand 
National Pictures. 

▼ T T 

T'other night, in a Hollywood 
night club, Walter Catlett was be- 
ing highly praised for his work by 
an elderly femme fan, who said she 
followed his career closely. "I'm 
anxious to see your next picture, 
Ed Wynn," said she, on leaving. 

T T T 

Shirley Ross ate her birthday din- 
ner at the banquet given to cele- 
brate Adolph Zukor's Silver Jubilee 
and birthday Jan. 7, that day being 
her birthday also. 

T T T 

William Nigh is directing "Ever 
Since Adam," a comedy, for Repub- 
lic. Nat Pendleton and Lyle Talbot 
are playing the male leads. Victor 
Zobel is the associate producer. 

T T T 

Benny Baker, Paramount com- 
edian, mentioned in press stories as 
being among those present at the 
"Open Door," the Louis Prima cafe, 
New Year's Eve, was amazed to get 
a long distance call at midnight 

from Lincoln, Neb. The call came 
from Phil Rosenberg, of that city, 
schoolmate of Benny, who hadn't 
seen him for 16 years, but had read 
about his being present at the cafe 
and just called to say hello. 

T ▼ T 

Bruce B. Pierce, film editor, and 
Janice Dawson, screen actress, are 
honeymooning, following their mar- 
riage at Tijuana, Mexico. Pierce, 
grandson of Mrs. Henry Clay Pierce 
of Santa Barbara, Cal., and his 
bride first met four years ago when 
she was appearing on the New 
York stage. 

T T T 

Every art director, film editor, 
and director of photography in the 
motion picture industry has received 
ballots requesting him to name the 
production which he considers to 
represent his own best work during 
the year 1936 for consideration for 
the Academy Awards for Achieve- 
ment in Art Direction, Film Editing, 
and Cinematography. 

Nominating committees, to meet 
immediately upon the close of nom- 
inations on Monday, Jan. 25, will be 
appointed within the next week to 
represent their respective groups by 
Bernard Herzbrun, chairman of the 
Art Directors' Section; Harold Mc- 
Cord, chairman of the Film Editors' 
Section, and Ray June, chairman of 
the Photographic Section. 


Dallas Anti-Trust Trial 

May Run Only Single Day 

(Continued from Page 1) 

sources yesterday. They hold the 
opinion that the Government, in 
contrast with the St. Louis case, 
will not summons witnesses on a 
wholesale basis. 

Answers to the Government's 
complaint will be filed by the de- 
fendants before Jan. 24. 

Selznick International 

Personnel Is Realigned 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — A realignment of the 
personnel of Selznick International 
Pictures was announced yesterday 
by Henry Ginsberg, general man- 

Under the new set-up, the depart- 
ment heads will be: E. W. Butcher, 
production manager; E. L. Scanlon, 
comptroller; Charles Richards, cast- 
ing director; Charles Morrison, tal- 
ent scouting; C. R. Walrod, purchas- 
ing agent; Lillian K. Deighton, re- 
search department; Val Lewton, 
story department; Barbara Keon, 
stenographic; Hal Kern, film edit- 
ing; Lyle Wheeler, Art; Harold Fen- 
ton, construction; Ernst Dryden, 
wardrobe designing; Edward Lam- 
bert, wardrobe department; Edward 
G. Boyle, property department. 

Best Supporting Role Work 
to Get Academy Accolades 

Three Industry Measures 
to Reach Roosevelt Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

prises, another sets up a National 
Economic Advisory Council to study 
sources of revenue and its expendi- 
tures, and the third covers minimum 
wages, maximum working hours and 
fair trade practices. 

Colorado May Place Ban 
on All Marathon Contests 

Denver — Two of the first bills in- 
troduced into the state legislature, 
would prohibit the holding of mara- 
thon and endurance contests that 
extend more than 24 hours. These 
measures are the direct result of 
agitation at the first convention last 
summer of the Theater Owners and 
Managers of the Rocky Mountain 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The Academy of Mo- 
tion Picture Arts and Sciences will 
make two additional awards this 
year for the best performances by 
an actor and actress in supporting 
roles. A change will be made in 
nominations for four major awards 
— production, acting, directing, writ- 
ing. In the past, each branch made 
its own nominations. This year a 
nominating committee of 50 chosen 
from five branches of the Academy 
will nominate five leading choices 
for each of three awards and the 
general membership will then elect 
winners from this ballot. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

will sponsor a bill in the House to 
retain the $250 fine. Ascap holds 
that elimination of the fine would 
make it easy to violate the copy- 
right law and make the society's 
business difficult to conduct. 

One of the few changes in the 
present bill from that of last year 
is a clause providing that the life 
of a copyright shall be for 28 years 
with a 28 year renewal. The pre- 
vious bill provided for a straight 56 
year term. 

The Duffy Bill provides for en- 
trance of the U. S. into the Berne 
Convention. Ascap is opposed to 
this. Recently the M.P.P.D.A. sent 
Edwin P. Kilroe, 20th Century-Fox 
attorney, abroad to make a study 
of conditions under which the mo- 
tion picture industry would favor 
entrance of the U. S. into the Berne 
Convention. Kilroe's report was 
approved by the M.P.P.D.A., which 
approved entrance under certain 
conditions which the Duffy Bill does 
not meet. 

Congressman Sol Bloom of New 
York has introduced in the House a 
companion measure to the Duffy 
bill. The Bloom bill, identical with 
the measure the Wisconsin Senator 
introduced last week, was referred 
to the House Patents Committee. 
Congressman J. Burwood Daly yes- 
terday told The Film Daily he and 
Chairman Sirovich were progressing 
on their own individual copyright 
bill. Daly said a joint bill will "iron 
out" many difficulties met last year 
in hearings. 

RKO to Start Seven 

Before End of Jan. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Going," "New Faces of 1937," "She 
Sang for Her Supper," "The Dawn's . 
Early Light" and "Satisfaction; 
Guaranteed". The activity of the 
last year will be continued without 
cessation throughout 1937, according 
to S. J. Briskin, vice president in 
charge of production. 

Stanley at Pittsburgh 

To Drop Stage Programs 

Pittsburgh — The Stanley Theater, 
only local house to operate with a 
weekly combination policy, switches 
to straight pictures on Jan, 29, 
Harry Kalmine, Warner's zone man- 
ager, announces. 

The Harris-Alvin which formerly 
contemplated a return to stage bills 
will continue with straight pictures, 
the latter policy doing exceedingly 
good business. 

Basey Funeral Today 

Funeral services for Alexander 
Basey, 54, impresario, head of the 
Amsov Artists Bureau of New York, 
will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at 
his late home, 1073 East 12th Street,tj 
Brooklyn. His widow and son sur-i 

F. B. Connelly Rites Held 

Detroit — Frank B. Connelly, 68, 
better known in show business as 
Mark Shaughanessey, former the- 
ater manager for the John W. Con- 
sidine circuit and other interests, 
was buried in Detroit. 

ITOA Ball Tonight 

The ITOA will hold its annual bal 
tonight at the Waldorf-Astoria. 



aturdayjan. 16,1937 




{Continued from Page 1) 

i contracts. It developed, also, that 
some exhibitors did not have to 

. sign for the weekly payment plan. 

Another drive, this time against 

church ncn-theatrical competition, 

was also forecast. The fight will 

• be against non-theatrical competi- 
tion spots which run motion pic- 
tures in competition against local 

. exhibitors. Attempts will be made 
to get exchange co-operation in re- 
fusing to serve them. 

The U.M.P.T.O. also announced 
that intimidation of any exhibitor 
by threatening theater building in 

: a town would be fought by the body. 

25 Fox Midwest Theaters 
Advance B. 0. Top 5 Cents 

{Continued from Page 1) 

1 preparing to gradually increase their 
admission prices, it is reported. 

Detroit — Meeting attended by rep- 
resentatives of 80 theaters and 
called by Henderson M. Richey, gen- 
eral manager of Allied Theaters of 
Michigan, to consider proposals to 
raise theater admissions and restrict 
giveaways failed to net a decision 

Operators of second run theaters 
contended that neighborhood houses 
should give up all premium plans, 
while the subsequent run operators 
contended that the premiums were 
their only defense against second 
run policies. Some first runs have 
been hurt by the low admission poli- 
cies of second runs. 

Birmingham Women Fight 
Ex-Critic as Film Censor 

Birmingham — Representatives of 
159 women's civic clubs, and mem- 
bers of the Better Films Council, 
marched on the city hall to protest 
the proposed appointment of Petter- 
sen Marzoni, as chief of the amuse- 
ment inspector's office. Marzoni is 
former picture editor of the Bir- 
mingham News. 

The women protested on the 
grounds that film censorship is a 
woman's job. Mrs. Harriet B. 
Adams, present city inspector, would 
be retained as an assistant to Mar- 

' Acoustical Terminology 

Standard is Completed 

A standard acoustical terminology 
for sound engineers which will elim- 

•; inate confusion in the motion pic- 
ture, radio, and building fields has 

u. just been completed, according to an 
announcement of . the American 
. Standards Association yesterday. 
This standard, four years in develop- 
ment, is the work of engineers, 
musicians, manufacturers, and 
scientists working together under 

jj the auspices of the American Stand- 
ards Association, the national clear- 
ing house for standardization in the 
United States. 

Reviews of View fibnt 

George Arliss in 


G-B 71 mins. 


It is the type of role that fits George 
Arliss admirably, giving him every opportu- 
nity to display his versatile talents in two 
widely different types of characterizations, 
even though he plays the parts of twins. 
The drama has an oriental flavor, opening 
in the Near East, where Arliss, a traveling 
English gentleman with no visible means of 
support, runs plump into a murder of Emir 
Abdullah, ruler of the kingdom. The audi- 
ence is let in on the fact that the Emir's 
two conniving sheik ministers did the das- 
tardly deed. A young Englishman is ac- 
cused of the crime, and escapes under the 
protection of Arliss who poses him as his 
servant. They fly back to London, where 
the sheiks eventually arrive determined to 
use the fact of the murder by an English- 
man as a weapon to force the Foreign Min- 
ister to grant valuable concessions in their 
country. The twin brother of Arliss, the 
happy-go-lucky traveller, is the Foreign 
Minister. Then the story takes on an ex- 
citing tone as Arliss playing both parts out- 
wits the silly-ass minister who is being 
hoodwinked by the sheiks, and plays his 
hand cleverly till he proves dramatically that 
the sheiks are the murderers. A very im- 
plausible story, but Arliss handles his dual 
role with such consummate artistry that 
he makes every minute of it enjoyable and 
exhilarating. The supporting cast of English 
players are highly competent and well cast. 

Cast: George Arliss, Romilly Lunge, Rene 
Ray, Jessie Winter, John Ford, Allan Jeayes, 
Lawrence Anderson, Bernard Merefield, 
John Turnbull, Basil Gill. 

Director, Herbert Mason; Author, Neil 
Grant; Screenplay, L. du Garde Peach; 
Editor, M. Gordon; Cameraman, G. Krampf. 

Direction, Clever. Photography, Very 

16 MM. Local Films Used 
by Four Colorado Houses 

Denver — Theaters in at least four 
Colorado cities are using 16-mm film 
in showing local sports events, fes- 
tivals, fairs, and other happenings 
which have only a vicinity appeal. 
J. H. Cooper Enterprises, Inc., the- 
aters in Greeley, Colorado Springs, 
Pueblo and Grand Junction have in- 
stalled the 16-mm projectors. If a 
photographer takes the shots he fur- 
nishes the film in return for screen 
credit, but the theater pays the bill 
if someone outside the trade does 
the work. L. J. Finske, district man- 
ager, developed the plan. 

Penn. Tax Nets $4,741,692 

Pittsburgh - — Pennsylvania's four 
per cent amusement tax yielded the 
commonwealth $4,741,692 during the 
present biennium to Nov. 30, 1936. 
Tax officials believe that the esti- 
mated return of $6,000,000 during 
the two-year period ending May 31 
will be met. 


with Rochelle Hudson, Michael Whalen 
20th Century-Fox 62 mins. 


This pix offers a good romantic team in 
Rochelle Hudson and Michael Whalen, with 
the latter the sports editor of a newspaper 
who starts out to clean up a local fight 
racket in which the backers use has-been 
prizefighters as set-ups. Alan Dinehart is 
the promoter of the crooked racket. So to 
prove his point, Whalen takes on one of 
the ex-champs and knocks him cold. Then 
in steps Rochelle Hudson, the daughter of 
the gent the sports editor licked, and 
starts to give the hero a verbal as well as 
a physical licking. Admiring her spunk, 
and learning from her the financial plight 
of the older fighters, he makes the fight 
promoters all kick in regularly toward the 
keep of the back numbers. Then the gang 
starts to frame him for pulling a shake-down, 
and Whalen goes into action in earnest, 
succeeding in breaking up the fake fight 
racket. Of course he wins the girl, although 
he has to do some tall stepping, as he has 
taken her on as his assistant, and she 
appears to have formed a romantic attach- 
ment for somebody else on the paper. The 
story is light and breezy, moves fast, and 
is well splattered with comedy bits to 
offset the thrills and tension which build 
to a battling finish. 

Cast: Rochelle Hudson, Michael Whalen, 
Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Douglas 
Fowley, George Hassell, Astrid Allwyn, 
Chick Chandler, Pat Flaherty. 

Producer, Sol M. Wurtzel; Director, Allan 
Dwan; Screenplay, Ben Markson, Editor, 
Al De Gaetano; Cameraman, Robert Planck. 

Direction, Okay. Photography, Good. 

Spanish Dialog Newsreel 

Projected by Clemente 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Frank Z. Clemente, 
indie producer and distributor of 
Spanish pix, is here from Buenos 
Aires to negotiate a deal with a ma- 
jor company for the production and 
distribution of a series of Spanish 
dialog newsreels to be called "No- 
ticiario Pan- Americano" (Pan-Amer- 
ican Newsreel). 

Clemente says he has obtained the 
sanction of several Latin American 
governments for the newsreels, to 
be devoted primarily to the eco- 
nomic, social and political news de- 
velopments in all Latin American re- 

Maintenance headquarters would 
be established for the various zones 
in principal capitals. Clemente fig- 
ures on a four and a half day transit 
time via international air express. 

Goseline In Hospital 

Detroit — Harry B. Goseline, owner 
of the Ritz Theater, Port Huron, is 
in the Port Huron Hospital, follow- 
ing an operation for complications 
resulting from pneumonia. 


{Continued on Page 7) 

are the working of the 10 per cent 
cancellation privilege. President Ed 
Kuykendall will report on the situa- 

Open forums at which various in- 
dustry issues will be discussed are 
planned in connection with the con- 
vention. Double features are ex- 
pected to provide one of the high- 
light topics. 

Ascap Negotiates Peace 

with Snohomish County 

{Continued from Page 1) 

homish County officials under which 
the indictment will be dropped, The 
Film Daily learns. 

Just as soon as certified copy of 
the order dismissing the indictment 
is drawn, Ascap will resume opera- 
tions in Washington. 

Nutts Sued for $100,000 

In Fatal Arkansas Fire 

Hot Springs, Ark.— A fire which 
more than a year ago swept the 
Princess theater building and an ad- 
joining rooming house here with four 
persons dying in the flames has re- 
sulted in the filing of a suit for 
damages amounting to $100,000 
against Sidney M. Nutt, Sr., owner 
of the buildings, and his son, Sid- 
ney M. Nutt, Jr. 

The suit was filed by W. D. Swaim 
attorney for Mrs. Julia P. Sanders' 
whose husband, J. T. Sanders, died 
in the fire; Jack Love, whose wife 
also died in the blaze; and Mrs Hat- 
tie Mae Kendall, whose leg was 
broken when she jumped from a sec- 
ond story window of the rooming 
house to escape the flames. The 
plaintiffs allege that the fire, which 
originated in the theater building 
and spread to the rooming house 
resulted from defective wiring. 

Plohn Succeeds Cochran 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — S. E. ("Steve") 
Cochran, manager of National The- 
ater operated here by A. L. Erlanger 
estate, has resigned after 30 years' 
service which began with post of 
program boy. He is one of legit 
theaterdom's best known house exe- 
cutives. He will be succeeded by 
Edmund Plohn, former house man- 
ager of New Amsterdam Theater, 
New York. 

GN, 20th-Fox File Changes 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Grand National 
Films, Inc. and Twentieth Century- 
Fox Film Corp. were cited by Securi- 
ties and Exchange Commission to- 
day as filing special reports show- 
ing changes occurring since regular 
registration statements. 


UNUSUAL and special though it is in its 
characteristics, Super X fills every require- 
ment of general cinematography. Proof? 
It is used throughout features and shorts 
made under every possible condition. In 
Super X, specialization has surprisingly 
led to supreme versatility. Eastman 
Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y. (J. E. 
Brulatour, Inc., Distributors, Fort Lee, 
New York, Chicago, Hollywood.) 



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VOL. 71, NO. 14 



MPTOA Denies Trade Program Anti-Legislation Gag 


U. S. Court Voids the Restrictive Clauses in Erpi Pact 

Anti-Trust Suits Brought by 

General Pictures, Duovac 


Wilmington — Federal Judge John 
P. Nields Saturday dismissed com- 
plaints against the American Tele- 
phone & Telegraph Co., and West- 
ern Electric in the anti-trust suits 
brought by the General Talking Pic- 
tures Corp. and the Duovac Radio 
Corp., but found that parts of the 
Erpi contract with distributors and 
exhibitors were illegal. 

Judge Nields said that Erpi's 
''equality clause" and "repair and 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Rules to be drafted to cover the 
mechanics of the local conciliation 
boards, proposed by the M. P. T. 
0. A. as part of its 10-point trade 
practice program, will be tailor-made 
in each territory to fit its respective 
needs, a spokesman for the exhibitor 
organization said yesterday. All na- 
tional distributors are expected to 
(.Continued on Page 4) 

Para. Leads Production 

Parade With 9 in Work 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Paramount has 
jumped into the lead in the number 
of productions in work. With its 
nine pictures before the cameras, 
it has 20 per cent of the total num- 
ber of pictures in the making in 
Hollywood. It is closely followed 
by 20th Century -Fox with eight, and 

(Continued on Page 12) 

Asheville Biz up 25 p.c. 

Asheville, N. C. — Patronage of Ashe- 
vilie theaters last year was up 25 per 
cent over 1935, according to Carl R. 
Bamford, general manager of Publix 
Bamford Theaters, Inc., operating the 
Plaza, Paramount, State, Imperial and 
Palace here. 

Pittsburgh Theater to Use Checkers to Aid B. 0. 

Pittsburgh — If it isn't basketball, it's checkers. At any rate, the Alvin Theater 
here will start a series of exhibition checker matches in its lobby on Jan. 28. Willie 
Ryan is being imported from New York City to take on local checkerboard maestros, 
all in the better interests of the b. o. 

Orpheum Circuit Appraisers to Make 
Their Report to Referee on Jan. 25 

Hearing on the offer of Stadium 
Theaters, RKO subsidiary to pay 
$700,000 for the assets of the Orph- 
eum Circuit will be held before 
Referee Ehrhorn on Jan. 25 at 
which time three appraisers ap- 
pointed by the referee will make 
their report. 

The proposed settlement would 
give creditors about 35 cents on the 
dollar on their claims, which total 

$2,100,000 outside of the RKO 
claims waived under the proposed 

It is understood that unless Mar- 
tin Beck and other preferred cred- 
itors of Orpheum, represented by 
Isidore J. Kresel, can block the pro- 
posed sale and obtain a position for 
themselves, that they will not be 
able to offer any effective opposition 

(Continued on Page 3) 


600 More Theaters Operating— Korda's Plans 



As the week opened, RKO di- 
vulged results of its nation-wide 
survey which showed 600 more the- 
aters currently operating in U. S. 
than as of mid-June last year. Pub- 


With total of $21,000,000 to be 
spent on production at London 
Films' Denham studio, Alexander 
Korda plans expending more than 
$9,000,000 on own line-up of fea- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Proposals Are Not Designed to Create 
"Artificial Controversies"- MPTOA 

Furst Succeeds Spry As 

Warner Manager in Boston 

Nat Furst, Warners' branch man- 
ager in New Haven, has been ap- 
pointed to succeed Tom Spry, who 
resigned from the company as man- 
ager of the company's Boston ex- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

The M. P. T. O. A. trade practice 
proposals are intended "not as trad- 
ing points to be cut down as far as 
possible by each distributor, nor to 
create artificial controversy, nor to 
defeat any legislation, but instead 
to help the small but reputable exhi- 
bitor," declares President Ed Kuy- 
kendall in replying to Ned E. De- 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Contention Made in Brief 

Filed by United Artists 

in Appeals Court 

That the New York City 2 percent, 
sales tax violates the commerce 
clause of the Federal Constitution 
by imposing an unlawful burden 
upon interstate commerce is the con- 
tention of United Artists in a brief 
filed by its counsel, O'Brien, Driscoll 
& Raftery, with the Court of Ap- 
peals, Albany, in connection with its 
appeal from the levy. 

"It is well settled that a state may 
not levy a tax either upon the privi- 
lege of engaging in interstate or 
foreign commerce, upon sales in in- 
terstate commerce or the proceeds 

(Continued on Page 3) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Post Office De- 
partment has ruled that bingo comes 
under the classification of a lottery 
under Section 601 of the Postal regu- 
lations. Accordingly, all letters or 
circulars relating to the game are 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Ascap Acts Tomorrow on 
WB Music Firms' Appeal 

Special meeting of the Ascap 
board of directors will be held to- 
morrow to consider the Warner 
Bros, music firms' appeal from past 
decisions of the society's classifica- 
tion committee on the rating given 
the Warner firms on which pay- 
ments to publishers is partially 

New Play Bur. Awards Near 

The New Play Bureau, sponsored by 
major producer-distributor companies, 
will announce its initial awards for 
meritorious plays about Feb. 1. Six 
prizes, each of $500, are to be given 
out, in addition to scholarships and 
fellowships. . 




Monday, Jan. 18, 1937 


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High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 26'/ 4 25 V4 26 V4 + 1 '/ 4 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 37l/ 4 36% 36% — % 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 5V4 5 14 514 + Va 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd. 18 18 18 — % 

East. Kodak 175 17314 175 +1% 

do pfd 160 159 160 

Gen. Th. Eq 3214 32 32% + % 

Loew's, Inc 70 J4 70 7014 + % 

do pfd 

Paramount 265/ 8 26% 2614 — % 

Paramount 1st pfd.. 185% 18414 18414 — 1 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 24% 23 Vi 23% — % 

Pathe Film 10% 9% 97/ 8 + % 

RKO 9 8% 85/ 8 — % 

20th Cent.-Fox .... 373/ 8 36% 37 — % 

20th Cent.-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 102 102 102 .... 

Warner Bros 17% 17% 17%— % 

do pfd 66y 4 6614 66% — 1 


Keith A-0 6s46 

Loew 6s 41ww \W% 100% 1003,4 

Par. B'way 3s55. .74 74 74 
Par. Picts. 6s 55... 100% 1003/ 8 1003/ 8 

RKO 6s41 124 123% 123% + % 

Warner's 6s 39 99% 99 99% — 14 


Columbia Picts. vtc 

Grand National 33/ 8 314 3% 

Sonotone Corp 2 2 2 -f- 14 

Technicolor 21 % 21 % 21 % — 14 

Trans-Lux 43/ 8 41/4 43/ 8 + % 

Oliver Hardy 
Frank Harling 
Bruce Guerin 

m The Broadway Parade LI 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

After the Thin Man (M-G-M) — 4th week Capitol 

One in a Million (20th Century-Fox) — 3rd week Roxy 

Great Guy (Grand National) — 3rd week Criterion 

Men Are Not Gods (United Artists) Rivoli 

The Plainsman (Paramount) Paramount 

Black Legion (Warner Bros.) Strand 

Lloyds of London (20th Century-Fox) (b) Music Hall 

Hideaway Girl (Paramount) Rialto 

Conflict (Universal) Globe 

Gold Diggers of 1937 (Warner Bros.) (a-b) Palace 

Broken Blossoms (Imperial) Belmont 

Fugitive in the Sky (Warner Bros.) (a) Palace 


The Eternal Mask (Arthur Mayer-Jos. Burnstyn) Filmarte 

Revolutionists (Amkino) — 4th week Cameo 

Slalom (Geo. Kraska-World)— 5th week 55th St. Playhouse 


Under False Flag (Scandinavian Talk. Films) — Jan. 19 Cinema de Paris 

Camille (M-G-M)— Jan. 22 Capitol 

Three Smart Girls (Universal) — Jan. 22 Roxy 

Masquerade in Vienna (World Pict. Corp.) — Jan. 26 55th St. Playhouse 

Champagne Waltz (Paramount) — Feb. 3 Paramount 

Stolen Holiday (Warner Bros, (c) Strand 

You Only Live Once (United Artists) (c) Criterion 

Under Cover of Night (M-G-M) (c) Rialto 

Mysterious Crossing (Universal) (c) Globe 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 

Municipal "Opposition" 

Rentals Draw MPTO Fire 

St. Louis— With the MPTO of St. 
Louis already vigorously protesting 
the use of the Municipal Auditorium 
here for free shows, the Reorganiza- 
tion Investment Co., owner and oper- 
ator of the Arena, has filed injunc- 
tion proceedings in Circuit Court to 
prevent further municipal rental of 
the $5,000,000 taxpayer-supported 
building for sports events or other 
commercial purposes. 

Exhibitors were aroused by the 
use of the Auditorium for the KWK- 
Slack Furniture radio broadcasting 
shows on Monday nights. Committee 
acting for the MPTO includes Fred 
Wehrenberg, president, Harold 
Evens, manager of Loew's theater; 
Lexo Hill, representing Fanchon and 
Marco and the St. Louis Amusement 
Co.; Louis Ansell and Clarence Kai- 

In a formal written protest, the 
MPTO says: 

"The use of the Auditorium by 
KWK and Slack Furniture Company 
to present Free shows is not only 
direct competition with established 
theaters of St. Louis, but is unfair 
competition. To keep in business, pay 
their local payrolls and taxes, thea- 
ters of this City are thus forced into 
competition with someone giving 
away what they must sell in order 
to exist. Practices like this, repre- 
hensible enough in privately owned 
edifices, certainly cannot be con- 
doned in a municipally owned and 
supported structure. 

"We ask therefore that the Audi- 
torium Commission establish a policy 
preventing the use of the building 
for any such harmful purpose." 

RKO Signs New Contract 
For RCA Sound Recording 

RKO-Radio Pictures, first major 
producing company to use RCA 
sound recording for all of its pic- 
tures, has renewed its recording 
license agreement for an additional 
term of 10 years, it was announced 
Saturday by Edwin M. Hartley, RCA 
Photophone head. 

Distribution charges will be based 
on actual running time in the thea- 
ter, rather than on an arbitrary 
charge per reel. Original foreign 
language versions made in this coun- 
try will cost only 50% of the do- 
mestic recording fee. No additional 
charges are made for recording trail- 
ers or for "dubbing" of sound in this 
country. On a picture recorded here, 
a single fee covers its distribution 
throughout the world, with the ex- 
ception of Canada and the "German" 

Two Canadian Cities May 
Get Exchange Buildings 

Toronto, Ont. — There is a prospect 
of a new film exchange building be- 
ing erected in Winnipeg, states Col. 
John A. Cooper, head of the Motion 
Picture Distributors and Exhibitor's 
Association of Canada. Col. Cooper 
also states the building of a new 
film exchange building in Vancouver 
is in view. 

Harry Tollett Dead 

Green Bay, Wis. — Harry Tollett, 
62, engineer at the Bay Theater here 
and father of Henry and Richard, 
district manager for Fox and man- 
ager of a Racine, Wis., theater, re- 
spectively, died in a local hospital. 
Other survivors are another son and 
two daughters. 

Coming and Going 

arrived in New York from Hollywood, en route 1 
to London. 

H. J. YATES has gone to the coast. 

J. J. MILSTEIN, Republic sales manager, left 
Saturday on a tour of the Southern exchanges.; 
and will be gone three weeks. 

ANTON WOHLBRUCK, RKO Radio player . 
arrives today from Hollywood. 


WHITE returns today from St. 

MOLLY PICON, stage and screen comedienne,, 
and her husband, JACOB KALICH; FERNAND ' 
MARTENS GRAVET, French film player return- 
ing from Hollywood where he appeared in War-: 
ner's "The King and the Chorus Girl," and 
LAISE DE LA COUDRAYE, film producer; and, 
MARY GLORY, French actress, sailed Saturday j 
for Europe on the Paris. 

CAPTAIN PHILIP ASTLEY, British sportsman: 
and husband of screen player Madeleine Car- 
roll; JAN SMETERLIN, Polish pianist; KURT "1 
JOOSS, art director of Ballet Jooss, and his ' 
wife, known professionally as AINA SIIMOLA 
and NADIA REISENBERG (Mrs. R. N. Sherman), 
New York concert pianist, also sailed on the 

TULLI CARMINATI sails from New York 
late this week for London to work in a Herbert 
Wilcox production. 

BILL ROBINSON has been called back tc 
20th Century-Fox studios to take an important 
role in "Cafe Metropole." 

FRANK C. WALKER, who has returned tci 
New York from Hollywood, goes to Washingtor 
tomorrow to attend the inauguration. 

A. P. Waxman's Mother Dies 

Mrs. Sarah Waxman, mother oi 
A. P. Waxman, died Saturday morn 
ing in Atlantic City from injuries 
received when struck by a taxicab 
When informed of the accident 
Waxman chartered a plane and flew 
to Atlantic City. Dense fog made 
a landing impossible there and the 
plane went to Camden where finally 
a landing was made. Waxman ther 
drove the 56 miles to the shore, ar- 
riving a short time before hit 
mother died. Funeral arrangements 
could not be learned at press time 


If : 

londay.Jan. 18,1937 


» i 

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thereof, or upon gross receipts de- 
rived from a business wholly inter- 
3 <tate in character," it is declared, 
[nasmuch as prints "never come to 
■■est" within the state of New York, 
:his assessment is unlawful, accord- 
rig; to the brief. 

Other points emphasized are: sub- 
icensing of rights to exhibit a copy- 
righted photoplay by a distributor to 
- in exhibitor is not a sale of a tangi- 
5J ole personal property, the sale of 
.""'the positive print by the laboratory the producer, nor the temporary 
rt ibailment thereof to the exhibitor, 
is the taxable transaction, amend- 
v-ment to Local Law No. 20, brought 
'■>;__ about by Local Law. No. 24, must be 
J 7 construed to extend the tax only to 
-ale of tangible property disguised 
i as leases or licenses, the exaction 
^'levied by the tax is in reality an ar- 
bitrary exappropriation of private 
; ' property for devotion in large part 
' at least to non-public purposes and 
the expenditures of monies directed 
JSJjby the act is a violation of the New 
York state constitution. 

United Artists asks a refund of 

n .T $21,188.92, plus interest from Feb. 

5, 1936, and that the assessment of 

the additional sales tax be vacated. 

Frederick H. Wood will argue in 

155 behalf of the distributor in the Court 

of Appeals on Jan. 25. 

National Screen Moves 

Detroit — National Screen Service 
has moved offices maintained by its 
representative, Harris A. Silverberg, 
from the Film Exchange Building to 
the new distributing building occu- 
pied solely by National, this week. 
Building was formerly the Para- 
mount Exchange. Space vacated by 
National in the Film Exchange has 
been taken over by Nat Schnitzer 
' for Metro Premium Company. Max 
Heine, representative for Bank 
Night, will also share the office 

Flu Closes Neb. Houses 

Ainsworth, Neb. — By order of the 
town council, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sy- 
fert have darkened the New Ains- 
worth and R. R. Bailey the Royal 
until the flu epidemic subsides. 





Una Merkel has started a collection 
of miniature perfume bottles. — M-G-M. 

• • • INTERESTED IN acquiring the screen rights to 
the gargantuan Max Reinhardt production, "The Eternal Road" 

Warners got to the point of talking an actual deal 

and discovered that five people were each claiming half 

of the movie rights Reinhardt, Franz Werfel, the au- 
thor, Bel Geddes, the scenic designer, the producer and one 

other which reminds us of the story of the playwright 

on the opening night of his show, when the producer heard him 
muttering in the lobby: "I hope it's a flop, I hope it's a flop." 

amazed, the producer asked him why "If it's 

a hit, I'm ruined," moaned the playwright lad. "I've sold 135 
per cent of my play to two other guys." 

T ▼ T 

• • • THAT ANNUAL riot of Harry Brandt's I. T. 0. A. 

crowd took place at the Waldorf-Astoria Saturday nite 

as industry celebs and execs joined in the jamboree 

which went on and on toward the yawning dawning ... • Pic- 
ture and stage folk found grand entertainment at a party given 
by Arthur Wiessenberger for Pamela Murray, representative 

of the "Tatler" and other Lunnon publications Bernie 

Sobel guided the festivities folks dropping in included 

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Tullio Carminati, Natalie Shaefer, Mrs. 
Oliver H. P. Garrett 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • JUST DISCOVERED that there is a rubber bumper 
strip around the sides of our new office chair that goes with 

the new desk with a new typewriter in our new offices 

but the stuff we will be writing under these painfully new con- 
ditions will be the same Old Hoosh now to get back to 

the rubber bumper on the chair some wit suggested 

it was a shock absorber in case we dictated at too close range 

to a sexy sec but we have no sexy sec in fact 

we have no sec at all so our guess is that the rubber 

bumper is to insulate us against shock if some press agent ever 

sends us a story that is Entirely Devoid of publicity 

just a Darn Good Yarn 

▼ T T 

• • • WE HAVE torn our hair a score of times when 
some dame's sugary, affected, cloying, simpering, just plain 
irritating voice drove us nuts as we sat peacefully in our fam- 
ily circle listening to the radio we have jumped up with 

a curse and turned off the dam dial for the evening 

so have you, fella, many a time how is it that most 

femmes on the air can't talk Naturally? but glory be, 

the other day we listened to Helen E. Martin the noted 

worker in various national women's organizations and 

Mrs. Martin charmed us, soothed us for she has that 

Natural radio voice that most femmes lack listen to her 

on WBNX 11:45 to 12 a. m. Tuesdays talking 

for the American Plays Association she's a Treat 

just her Voice 

T ▼ T 

• • • THE MANY friends of Jack Kyle, a 20-year vet 
of the film biz, will be sorry to hear that he is seriously ill at 
the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn Kyle was 

with the old Pathe company for 16 years the past two 

years he has been in the m. p. dep't of the Government at 

T T T 

• • • HOT ITEM on Jack Benny's radio show 

Sunday nite there were two Bucks Buck Jones and Jack 

(Buck) Benny the idea was conceived by Walter Greene, 

Jones' publicist, who planted it with Young & Rubicam, who 

handle the show (so help us, that is the way a pal in 

Hollywood sent us the item, and — there it is) A record 

bicycling of print was established when "Pigskin Parade" made 
250 miles in one- day between two New Haven theaters and a 

third in New Britain, Conn ten round trips were made, 

without a hitch 


(Continued from Page 1) 

unmailable and may be seized by 
postal inspectors. 

Exhibitors throughout the country 
have filed complaints against bingo, 
the prevalency of the game in the 
smaller cities and towns seriously 
cutting into theater patronage. 

Orpheum Appraisers Will 

Report on January 25 

(Continued from Page 1) 

to the RKO plan. It is pointed out 
that under the law creditors are en- 
titled to 100 cents on the dollar of 
a bankrupt estate before unsecured 
creditors like Beck and his associ- 
ates could receive anything. Kresel 
maintains that there has been 
"waste and mismanagement of the 
Orpheum estate by RKO." 

RCA Sound Contracted for 
6 New Los Angeles Houses 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Gore Brothers have 
signed contracts calling for installa- 
tion of new RCA deluxe high fidelity 
sound recording equipment in their 
two houses. El Rey and Lido, now 
under construction in Beverly Hills 
<ind Los Angeles. 

Deal puts RCA high fidelity ap- 
paratus in all of the six new thea- 
ters being constructed in the Los 
Angeles area. Others are, Elite, Tro- 
cadero, Regina and Esquire. 

« « « 

» » » 

Aid President's Ball 

Milwaukee, Wis. — E. J. Weisfeldt, 
managing director of the Riverside 
theater is chairman of the entertain- 
ment committee in charge of ar- 
rangements for the President's ball 
in the Auditorium here Jan. 30. L. 
Roy Pierce, supervisor of Milwaukee 
houses for Fox, is also a member of 
this committee. 

"Mysteries of Paris" Next 

"Mysteries of Paris" will be the 
next attraction at the Cinema de 




Australia's investment in the film in- 
dustry is $150,000,000. 


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approve the plan and Paramount, Co- 
lumbia, Republic and GB are yet to 
be heard from in this respect. 

Participation in benefits to be 
derived through the boards will be 
open to all exhibitors. 

Furst Succeeds Spry As 

Warner Manager in Boston 

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change, according to an announce- 
ment Saturday by Gradwell L. 
Sears, Warner vice-president and 
general sales manager. 

In announcing Spry's resignation, 
Sears said: 

"During his many years in the 
film business Tom Spry has won for 
himself an enviable reputation. I 
know he leaves Warner Bros, with 
the good wishes of our entire organ- 
ization and the hundreds of friends 
he has made in every branch of the 

Furst, who succeeds Spry in Bos- 
ton, is also a veteran in the industry, 
having started as an errand boy for 
William Fox in New York 32 years 

John Pavone, for 11 years a sales- 
man in the New Haven branch, has 
been promoted to succeed Nat Furst 
is branch manager. 

Universal Pictures Co. 

Files N. Y. Certificate 

Albany — Universal Pictures Com- 
pany, Inc., chartered under Delaware 
laws, with capital of 70,000 shares 
preferred stock $100 par value and 
250,000 shares common stock, no par 
value, New York City office, Rocke- 
feller Center, Willard B. McKay, 
Vice-President, has filed a certificate 
of statement and designation in the 
office of the Secretary of State to 
enable it to do business in New 
York State. 

Glenwood Theater Co., Inc., Queens 
Borough, New York City, has filed 
a certificate at Albany dissolving its 
corporate existence. 

Goetz Managing Fehers 

Charles S. Goetz, has been signed 
to manage Friedrich Feher and Hans 
Feher for screen, radio, and concert 
work, following the opening of 
Feher's surrealistic symphonic cine- 
ma fantasy, "The Robber Sym- 
phony," on Jan. 25, at the Venice 

Tioga Vetoes Autry Springs 

Tioga, Texas — This little Texas town 
will keep its traditional Indian name 
instead of being changed to Autry 
Springs, in honor of Gene Autry, home 
town boy in the movies. A bitterly 
fought municipal election defeated 
Autry Springs by a vote of 113 to 43. 

St. Louis — Effective on Feb. 1 the 
St. Louis Amusement Co. will take 
over the management of the Shady 
Oak Theater in Clayton, Mo., and 
the Richmond Theater in Richmond 
Heights, St. Louis County, owned 
by W. W. Kieselhorst, J. Bishop and 
associates. The management con- 
tract, which will run for a number 
of years, will not apply to the new 
Normandy Theater now being built 
in Normandy, in which Kieselhorst 
is interested through the Normandy 
Theater, Inc. 

Salem, Mo. — Bids on the construc- 
tion of the new theater here to be 
erected by F. V. and L. A. Merrier 
of Perryville, Mo., will be opened 
today. Plans were prepared by 
Johnson & Maack, Chemical Build- 
ing, St. Louis. 

Lakeville, Conn. — Sam Rosen, of 
Film Deliveries of New Haven, will 
take title to the Stuart Theater. 
The 550-seat house was operated for 
more than 20 years by L. Stuart, 
who is forced to retire and live in 
Florida because of his wife's ill- 
health. Arthur Lockwood acted in 
an advisory capacity and Adolph 
Johnson as agent for the negotia- 

New Haven — The local Grand Na- 
National office, under the direction 
of H. Levine and Jeanette Berliner, 
becomes an independent buying 
branch today. The office was for- 
merly under the jurisdiction of 

West Haven, Conn. — Angelo A. 
Tomasino, brother of Michael To- 
masino, New Haven operator of the 
Victory and White Way, is the pur- 
chaser of the Park Theater building, 
in the Allingtown section. 

St. Peter, Minn. — Frank Work- 
man, Excelsior, Minn., has started 
work on a new house here, which 
will seat 700, and which will be 
completely air-conditioned. 

St. Cloud, Minn. — The St. Cloud 
city commission has approved the 
license request of the Minnesota 
Amusement Company for a theater 
in St. Cloud, which will be the 
fourth in the city for Minnesota. 
The Miner, Minnesota house, is 
meanwhile closed for repairs and 
remodeling at a cost of $18,000. The 
new theater is expected to cost 

Baudette, Minn.— The New Grand 
has been opened here" by Ildred and 
Severn. House which cost $25,000, 
seats 450. 

Northfield, Minn. — Everett Dilley, 
operator of the New Grand, is plan- 
ning to erect a new building to seat 

Detroit — The new Lyn Theater at 
Cooperstown, Mich., first house to 
be erected in the town, has been 
opened by Albert Hefferan. House 
seats 172 people. 

Foley, Minn. — H. V. Michaelson 
of this city has purchased the San- 
don at Elk River, Minn. 

Onawa, la. — Bob Oliver and Mrs. 
Muriel Frandsen are erecting a new 
$25,000 500-seat theater, tentatively 
called the Onawa. 

Linneus, Mo. — F. J. Doesche is 
the new skipper of the new Brook- 
side Theater. 

Lincoln — Leland Mischnick, form- 
er manager of the Kiva, has left 
for his new job in Pueblo, Colo. 
He's Lo be house manager for the 
Colorado, 1,000 seater, and will work 
under City Manager George Mon- 
roe, who also went to the Westland 
Theaters, Inc. from here. 

Dallas — Illuminated hand-rails on 
the stairs, a lobby walled with col- 
ored mirrors, and an aquarium in- 
habited by tropical fish are among 
the ultra-modern features of the 
Tower Theater, called "Interstate's 
Newest Intimate Theater," which 
will be opened in Dallas Feb. 12th. 

Detroit — J. G. Portell has com- 
pleted redecorating of the lobby and 
auditorium of the Greenwood The- 
ater, headquarters house of the cir- 
cuit. Peter Tzinis remains as house 

Monday, Jan. 18,1937 


Columbus, O. — Joseph S. Griggs, 
former manager of the Lyric, and 
Myer Rothstein have purchased the 
old Star Theater and will remodel 
it as the Florence. 

Akron, O. — City Council has ap- 
proved zoning legislation removing 
the last obstacle in the way of 
building a new $150,000 de luxe 
movie theater on West Hill. Howard 
Burrows, architect for the Cleveland 
firm which will build the theater, 
said in council that the theater will 
seat 1,500. 

Horwitz Gets a First 

Cleveland — M. B. Horwitz general 
manager of the Washington circuit, 
a listener to Columbia coast-to-coast 
hookup, is the first exhibitor in this 
territory to sign a contract in the 
"Montague Sweepstakes." Horwitz 
signed a blank contract for a serial 
for the Haltnorth Theater. 

Schines In Gallipolis 

Gallipolis, O. — Schine Theater Co. 
has purchased a large building lot 
from Col. H. B. Ecker in the heart 
of the business district for erection 
of a motion picture theater, 84 x 184 
feet. This town already has one 
theater and another under construc- 

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replacement clause" had been legal 
during the research and promotion 
period of the "talkies" but that dur- 
ing the commercial era were illegal. 
However, at the time these hear- 
ings took place, those clauses were 
practically abandoned by Erpi with 
producers of "talkies" and exhibi- 
tors, the court found. 

In view of this, Judge Nields said, 
no injunction will be issued. 

"As to the clauses now outstand- 
ing," he said, "the present holding 
of the court that they are void and 
of no effect should advise the trade 
that no damage or threatened in- 
jury can arise therefrom in the 
future. The court will retain juris- 
diction for the purpose of taking 
such other action for adding to its 
decree such relief as may become 
necessary should any attempt be 
made by Erpi to enforce such 

Judge Nields' opinion is a docu- 
ment embracing the development of 
the "talkies." The importance of 
the opinion lies chiefly in that it 
will be a guide for any future re- 
strictive clauses in the motion pic- 
ture industries. In the case before 
Judge Nields, the plaintiffs said that 
Erpi had entered into license agree- 
ments with producers and exhibi- 
tors of the "talkies" restricting or 
tying producers and exhibitors to 
the use of Erpi products. "As a re- 
sult," the plantiffs said, "the pro- 
ducers and exhibitors were forced 
to obtain apparatus manufactured 
by the Western Electric and fur- 
nished by Erpi. 

The plaintiffs asked that the de- 
fendants be enjoined from enforcing 
provisions of its theater licenses for 
equipment and licenses "insofar as 
they restrict or limit producers in 
distribution of 'talkies'." 

Richard Boleslawski Dies 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Richard Boleslawski, i 
M-G-M director, died at his home 
here Sunday from a heart attack. 
He was 47; is survived by his widow 
and an 18-month-old son. He was 
directing "The Last of Mrs. 


Jan. 21-22: Allied directors' meeting, the 
Emerson, Baltimore. 

Jan. 22: Chicago Film Board of Trade din- 
ner for Henry Herbel, retiring president, 
at the Congress Hotel. 

Jan. 25: Kansas City (Mo.) Variety Club ball, 
Pla Mor ballroom. 

Jan. 26: Independent Exhibitors, Inc., annual 
meeting, Hotel Touraine, Boston. 

Jan. 28: SMPE'S Pacific Coast Section meets 
in Hollywood. 

Feb. 3: Motion Picture Research Council's 
benefit performance of Ballet Russe, Oak- 
land, Cal. 

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"Celluloid dynamite! Moves motion pictures one notch for- 
ward!"— Red Kann, M. P. Daily • • • "Powerfully packed with 
emotional wallop! Director Archie Mayo 
never did anything better."— Film Daily 

"A mighty picture! What the public 
needs!"— Elizabeth Wilson, Silver j^L I & 

Screen • • • "You'll see something 
when you see this flicker! The 
Warners and Archie Mayo are to be 
complimented!"— Sidney Skolsky, Daily 
News • • • "A four bell picture! One of the most 

tense, gripping photoplays of its kind ever produced— to be classed with I 
Am a Fugitive 7 ! For a thrilling evening, I advise, for your 'must see' list— 
'Black Legion'!"— Jimmie Fiddler • • • "Divine! Should be seen by everyone! 
—Sara Hamilton, Photoplay • • • "A picture everyone should see! Splen- 
did entertainment!"— Ed Smithson, Fawcett Pubs. • • • "Swell! Sends 
Humphrey Bogart rocketing into star brackets."— Ted Magee, Screen 
Book • • • "One powerful picture! An inspired job!"— John 
SchwartzkofF, Motion Picture Magazine • • • "Dandy, powerful 
picture."— Harold Hefferman, Detroit News • • • "A New 
Year present exhibitors can be thankful for!' -Film Curb 
• • • "A swell picture! Best in long time."— Leo 
Townsend, Modern Screen Magazine • • •"One 
of the outstanding pictures of the year!"— 
Hitchcock, Showmen's Trade Review • • • 
"Should mean SRO signs! A box 
office natural!"— Jay Emanuel Pubs. 


But The Raves Are Released Already! 




— Liberty Magazine said it, and awarded 
the show its critic's highest and rarest rating! 





Dick Foran • Erin O'Brien-Moore • Ann Sheridan 
Robert Barrat • Helen Flint • Joseph Sawyer • Eddie 
Acoff • Addison Richards -Directed by ARCHIE MAYO 

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T EW COLLINS' second directorial 
•^ assignment for Universal will 
be "The Wildcatter," an oil field 
story. Production is slated to start 
about Feb. 15. Collins' last picture 
was "The Mighty Treve," also for 

T T T 

Tamar Lane, whose volume, "The 
New Technique of Screen Writing," ! 
recently came off the press, is now 
at work on a new book dealing with 
the cinema and its workers and per- 
sonalities from the critical angle. 
His book, "What's Wrong With the 
Movies?" written some years ago, 
was the first full-length critical vol- 
ume to attempt an appraisal of the 
artistic standards of the pioneer 
screen celebrities. 

T T T 

Because Paramount officials were 
enthusiastic over the performance 
of four new film players in "A Doc- 
tor's Diary," just completed, Pro- 
ducer B. P. Schulberg rewarded Di- 
rector Charles Vidor with a cash 
bonus. The picture features John 
Trent, former TWA pilot, Ruth 
Coleman and Ra Hould, boy actor, 
in their debuts, and Helen Burgess 
of Paramount in her second produc- 

T T T 

King Vidor and Paramount Pic- 
tures have agreed to abrogate their 
contract under which Vidor was 
scheduled to produce and direct two 
more pictures for the company. 


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Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 29 

• • 

0. SELZNICK. President, executive producer of Selznick Interna- 
I Pictures, Inc., and son of the late Lewis J. Selznick, who trained him 
nches of the industry. Activities, affiliations: Promoted and produced 
specialty shorts, quickies; became West Coast 
representative of Associated Exhibitors; joined 
M-G-M, emerging as associate producer; moved 
to Paramount as aide to B. P. Schulberg, be- 
came associate producer and before 30th birth- 
day, was executive assistant to studio's managing 
director. Resigned on the issue of unit produc- 
tion. Joined RKO Radio as v. p. in charge of all 
production, effected the consolidation of Radio 
and Pathe studios. Resigned post and joined 
M-G-M as v. p. and head of his own production 
unit. Next came Selznick International. Only 
producer to have two of his films listed among 
The Film Daily's "Ten Best" in 1934 and 1935. 

"Behind Prison Gates" has been 
selected as the final title for the 
Monogram feature based on Octa- 
vus Roy Cohen's novel, "The Outer 
Gate," an I. E. Chadwick produc- 
tion. W. Ray Johnston, Monogram 
president, also announces a change 
in title for Kathleen Shepard's cur- 
rent novel, "Tintype of a Lady," 
which will be known as "Scandal." 

Pat O'Malley has been added to 
the cast of Universal's "Girl Over- 
board," featuring Gloria Stuart and 
Walter Pidgeon. 

V V T 

Production will begin tomorrow on 

"Kid Galahad," starring Edward G. 
Robinson, Bette Davis and Hum- 
phrey Bogart, at Warners under 
Michael Curtiz's direction. Also 
featured will be two of the studios' 
most recent "discoveries," Mary 
Maguire and Wayne Morris. 

▼ T T 

A late addition to the cast of 
'The Prince and the Pauper," now 
in production at First National, is 
Alan Hale, who will appear as the 
Captain of the Guard. 

▼ ▼ T 

Kenneth McLellan, former head 
animator for Walt Disney, and Nor- 

man Stephenson, former Disney 
production manager, have engaged 
a staff of five animators and 40 
artists for their new cartoon com- 
pany which will make nine "Skippy" 
cartoons in Technicolor annually for 
U. A. release. Facilities have been 
provided on the U. A. lot. 

T ▼ V 

Doris Weston, radio star who was 
recently signed to a long-term film 
contract by Warner Bros.-First Na- 
tional, will make her screen debut 
opposite Dick Powell in the musical 
film, "The Singing Marine," which 
goes into production today. Ray En- 
right is to be the director. 

▼ ▼ T 

Seventeen French songs and six 
Russian melodies were purchased in 
Europe last week by Sol Lesser, 
president of Principal Productions. 
Some will be incorporated in the 
score of "Boy Blue," next Bobby 
Brecn musical for RKO Radio re- 
lease, which will have a Vienna lo- 

T V ▼ 

Victor McLaglen will play Ser- 
geant McDuff in Shirley Temple's 
"Wee Willie Winkie," based upon 
the Rudyard Kipling story. C. Au- 
brey Smith will be cast as Shirley's 
grandfather, and Constance Collier 
will have a leading featured role. 

▼ T T 

Sammy Lee is directing "Some 
Day Soon," a musical short, for 
M-G-M. Jack Chertock is the pro- 



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lie's restored purchasing power and 
strong wave of new theater building 
held principal factors responsible. 

* * * 

Coincident with RKO findings, Department 
of Commerce announced approximately 500 
new houses were built in American communi- 
ties during 1936, representing expenditure of 
$27,000,000 and raising total industry invest- 
ment to $2,027,000,000. Department put 1936 
production at about 500 pictures, costing 
some $135,000,000, a net advance of $10,000,- 
0CO. These estimates approximated closely 
those published in THE FILM DAILY late 
last December. 

* * * 

Following another nation-wide check-up, J. 
E. Robin, executive secretary of Independent 
Theater Supply Dealers' Association, an- 
nounced supply business nearly 30 per cent 
better in 1936 than 1935, and looks for fur- 
ther rise this year, chiefly through orders for 
replacement and reconditioning of existing 
equipment rather than from new equipment. 

* * * 

Four major theater circuits gave financial 
accountings. Loew's vice-president and treas- 
urer, David Burnstein, reported company's net 
profit for 12-week period ended Nov. 19, last, 
was $3,457,973, amounting to $25.29 per share 
on preferred stock and $2.14 on common. Dur- 
ing corresponding period in 1935, net was 
$1,811,396. Present increase, therefore, is 
$1,646,577, and— 

* * * 

Scarcely had Loew anouncement been made 
than THE FILM DAILY was advised that 

KAO would show earnings of about $1,300,- 
000 for 1936, equal to three times company's 
earnings for 1935. Earnings for first 39 
weeks of 1936 to September 26 were $666,- 
080. . . . 

* * * 

United Artists Theater Circuit also checked 
into week's headlines with news of a net 
profit of $167,845 for year ended last August 
31. This compares with loss of $58,399 for 
previous year. 

* * * 

Fox Theater Corp. showed net profit of 
about $15,000 for last six months of 1936, 
and will probably show $100,000 profit in 
1937, Milton C. Weisman, receiver, told U. S. 
Circuit Judge Martin T. Manton at a hearing 
in Federal Court. Latter extended receiver- 
ship for additional six months, and indicated 
he would order a 5 per cent dividend shortly. 

* * * 

Thursday found GB officials Isidore and 
Maurice Ostrer headed back to England on 
the Aquitania, with status of GB remaining 
unchanged as far as any deal with American 
interests is concerned. 

Lead yarns of week also included shift of 
Edward A. Golden, former general sales man- 
ager of Monogram, back to that organization 
in same capacity following service in identical 
post for Chesterfield-Invincible . . . State- 
ment by John Gregg Paine, chairman of Na- 
tional Council for Industrial Progress man- 
agement group, that body plans setting-up of 
individual council for film and other indus- 
tries to provide forum in which all elements 
could analyze and discuss their problems. In- 
dividual councils would be units in parent or 
all-industries council, and make only such 
I recommendations to the President and Con- 

gress as are unanimously agreed upon by all 
groups . . . Hearing in RKO reorganization 
plan proceedings last Thursday before Judge 
Bondy in Federal Court was adjourned to 
Feb. 18. Isidor Kresel, representing stock- 
holders of Orpheum Circuit, asked for motion 
to intervene in the proceedings. This motion 
will be argued at adjourned hearing . . . Let- 
ter dispatched by M. P. T. O. A. president, 
Ed Kuykendall, to Loew's vice-president, Al 
Lichtman, indicated there will be more ne- 
gotiations by exhibitor group with Loew's 
execs to "achieve further benefits for the in- 
dependent exhibitors"; producer-distributor 
companies' spokesman indicated reply to 
M. P. T. O. A. query as to what constitutes 
"product" would define it as features, and 
would not include shorts or newsreels. On 
latter types of film no 10 per cent cancella- 
tion privilege would be extended to exhibi- 
tors. . . . 


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tures which are distributed through- 
out world by United Artists. Korda 
schedule for 1937-38 will include 
"Revolt in the Desert," in connec- 
tion with which a company leaves for 
Trans-Jordania, under direction of 
Zoltan Korda, this week, to make 
the spectacle in color; "Nijinsky," 
"Victoria," with Merle Oberon in 
lead; Robert Donat vehicle, "Action 
for Slander," and "The Internation- 
al Quartette," by J. B. Priestly. . . . 

Current Korda productions in work, Lon- 

don cable stated, are "Knight Without Ar- 
mor," "Elephant Boy" and "Troopship." 
Ready for release are "Men Are Not Gods," 
"Fire Over England," "The Man Who Could 
Work Miracles" and "Dark Journey." Fea- 
tures "I, Claudius" and "The Divorce of 
Lady X" are likewise in preparation. Korda 
has completed formation of new unit linking 
Eric Pommer and Charles Laughton. Other 
units reported working currently at Denham 
plant are Victor Saville, Lothar Mendes, Den- 
ham Film Productions, and Robert T. Kane 
(20th Century-Fox). 

* * * 

British capital also flashed word of GB's 
announcement that it will definitely star Nova 
Pilbeam in film based on girlhood life of 
Queen Victoria. Company holds option on 
Sil-Vara's "Girlhood of a Queen" and will 
probably combine it with original story now 
in tentative scenario form. 

* * * 

Tokio cable told of Japanese Government's 
ban on "Mutiny on the Bounty," voted the 
No. 1 picture of 1936 by American film 
critics in the annual FILM DAILY "Ten 
Best Pictures" poll. Official contention is 
that feature is "too revolutionary." At the 
same time, "Mary of Scotland" was banned 
"out of respect to the Japanese throne." 

Highlights from continental capitals were 
Paris flash with information that for first 
nine months of 1936 the French Government 
collected $2,354,333 in amusement taxes, a 
decrease of $573,000, or 20 per cent, from 
corresponding months of 1935 . . . and word 
from Berlin that of 154 pictures announced 
for 1936-37, 44 have been completed and 
passed by the censors, while 45 are in various 
stages of production. 

An alphabetical list of English-speaking features released since Sept. 23, 1936, together with pictures scheduled for release during the next few 
months and pictures, either in production or completed, for which no release dates have been scheduled. Dates after titles are distributor 
release dates; FD: indicates date of FILM DAILY review. Names after review dates are the principal players in the cast. Complete casts 

and production credits are included with FILM DAILY reviews. 



Release Date 

Accused (United Artists) .Not set 

FD: 12-17-36; D. Fairbanks, Jr., Dolores 
Del Rio 
Accusing' Finger, The (Paramount) .10-23-36 

FD: 11-17-36: Paul Kelly, Kent Taylor 
Aces and Eights (Puritan) 

FD: 8-8-36: Tim McCoy 

Ada Beats the Drum (M-G-M) 2-19-37 

Adventure in Manhattan (Columbia) .10-8-36 

FD: 10-23-36: J. McCrea, Jean Arthur 
After the Thin Man (M-G-M) 12-25-36 

FD: 12-7-36: Wm. Powell. Myrna Loy 
Alibi for Murder (Columbia) 9-23-36 

FD: 10-2-36; Wm. Gargan, M. Churchill 
All American Chump (M-G-M) 10-16-36 

FD: 8-29-36; St. Erwin, Rob. Armstrong 
Along Came Love (Paramount) ... .11-6-36 

FD: 10-6-36; I. Hervey, Chas. Starrett 
Ambassador Bill (20th-Fox) (Reissue) 


Will Rogers, Greta Nissen 
Ambush Valley (Reliable) 11-1-36 

FD: 10-26-36; Bob Custer 
Another Dawn (Warner Bros.) ... .In Prod. 

Kay Francis, Errol Flynn 
April Romance (M-G-M) 11-20-36 

Richard Tauber 
Arizona Days (Grand National) ... .Not set 

Tex Ritter, Ethelind Terry 
As You Like It (20th-Fox) 1-8-37 

FD: 11-6-36; Elisabeth Bergner 

Bad Man's Territory (Warner Bros) Not set 

Dick Foran 
Banjo On My Knee (20th-Fox) 12-4-36 

FD: 12-1-36; B. Stanwyck, J. McCrea 
BAR Z Bad Man (Republic) 1-20-37 

Johnny Mack Brown, Lois January 
Battle of Greed (Crescent 

FD: 1-4-37; Tom Keene, Gwynne Shipman 
Behold the Bridegroom (RKO) In Prod. 

B. Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall 
Beloved Enemy (United Artists) . . . 12-26-36 

FD: 12-12-36; Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne 

Beware of Ladies (Republic) 12-21-36 

FD; 1-12-37; Donald Cook, Judith Allen 
Beyond Victory (Crescent) . 1-18-37 

Tom Keene 
Big Broadcast of 1937 (Paramount) 10-9-36 

FD: 10-6-36; J. Benny, Burns and Allen 
Bis Game. The (RKO) 10-9-36 

FD: 9-29-36; June Travis, James Gleason 
Big Show, The (Republic) 11-16-36 

Gene Autry 
Black Legion (Warner Bros.) 1-30-37 

FD: 12-30-36; H. Bogart, Ann Sheridan 
Bold Caballero, The (Republic) ... .1-18-37 

FD: 12-3-36; Heather Angel, Bob 
Border Phantom (Republic) 12-28-36 

Bob Steele, Harley Wood 
Born to Dance (M-G-M) 11-27-36 

FD: 11-17-36; Eleanor Powell, James 
Boss Rider of Gun Creek (Univ.) . . .11-1-36 

FD: 12-16-36; Buck Jones 
Breezing Home (Universal) 1-31-37 

Binnie Barnes, William Gargan 
Broken Blossoms (Imperial) Not set 

FD; 1-15-37; Dolly Haas, Emlyn Williams 
Bulldog Drummond Escapes (Para.) .In Prod. 

Heather Angel, Ray Milland, Guy Standing 

Burnt Fingers (M-G-M) 2-19-37 

By the Dawn's Early Light (RKO) In prod. 

Joan Bennett, Fred Stone 

Cain and Mabel (Warner Bros.) . . . .10-17-36 
FD: 10-19-36; Marion Davies. Clark Gable 

California Mail (Warner Bros.) 11-14-36 

Dick Foran 

Call of the Prairie (Para.) Not set 

FD: 12-1-36; Wm. Boyd, Jimmy Ellison 

Camille (M-G-M) 1-1-37 

FD: 12-15-36; Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor 

Can This Be Dixie? (20th-Fox) 11-13-36 

FD: 11-12-36; Jane Withers 

Captain Calamity (Grand Nat'l) ... .11-3-36 
FD: 4-17-36; Marion Nixon, George Hous- 
ton. Rev. as "Captain Hurricane" 

Captain's Kid, The (First Nat.) . . . .11-14-36 
Sybil Jason, Guy Kibbee 

Captains Courageous (M-G-M) Not set 

Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lio- 
nel Barrymore 


Release Date 

Career Woman (20th-Fox) 12-18-36 

FD: 11-24-36; Claire Trevor, Michael 
Case of the Black Cat (First Natl.) 10-31-36 

FD: 12-28-36; Ricardo Cortez, June Travis 
Cavalcade of the West (Diversion) 

FD: 10-6-36; Hoot Gibson 
Charge of the Light Brigade (Warners), 


FD: 10-20-36; Errol Flynn, O. de Havil- 

Charlie Chan at the Opera (20th-Fox), 


FD: 11-16-36: Warner Oland 
China Passage (RKO-Radio) In Prod. 

Constance Worth, Vinton Haworth 
Coast Patrol (RKO) In Prod. 

Victor McLaglen, Preston Foster 
Code of the Range (Columbia) 10-9-36 

Charles Starrett, Mary Blake 

College Holiday (Paramount) Not set 

FD: 12-19-36; Jack Benny, Geo. Burns, 
Gracie ADen 

Come and Get It (United Artists) . .11-2-36 
FD: 10-29-36; Edward Arnold, Frances 

Come Closer Folks (Columbia) 11-7-36 

FD: 11-24-36 James Dunn, Marian Marsh 

Comeback, The (Treo) 11-25-36 

Max Sehmeling 

Common Ground (Crescent) 12-8-36 

Tom Keene 

Conflict (Universal) 11-29-36 

FD: 11-28-36; John Wayne, Jean Rogers 
Convention in Cuba (RKO) In Prod. 

Parkyakarkus, Joe Penner 
Counterfeit Lady (Columbia) In Prod. 

FD: 1-12-37; Ralph Bellamy, Joan Perry 
Country Gentleman (Republic) 11-9-36 

FD: 10-24-36; Olsen & Johnson 
Cowboy Star, The (Columbia) 11-20-36 

Charles Starrett, Iris Shunn 
Crack Up ( 20th-Fox) 1-16-37 

FD: 12-14-36; Peter Lorre, Brian Donlevy 
Craig's Wife (Columbia) 9-25-36 

FD: 10-2-36; John Boles, Rosalind Rus- 
Criminal Lawyer (RKO) .In-Prod. 

Lee Tracy, Margot Grahame 
Crimson Circle, The (Du World).. Not set 

FD: 12-30-36; Hugh Wakefield, June 

Crouching Beast, The (Olympic) 

FD: 8-22-36; Fritz Kortner, Wynne Gibson 

Danger, Men Working (Paramount) In Prod. 

Lew Ayres, Mary Carlisle 
Dangerous Number (M-G-M) 1-22-37 

Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Reginald Owen 
Daniel Boone (RKO) 10-16-36 

FD: 9-22-36; George O'Brien 
Day at the Races, A (M-G-M) . . .In Prod. 

Marx Bros. Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan 
Dead Yesterday (20th-Fox) In Prod. 

Sally Blane, Thomas Beck 
Devil of the Sea (Treo) 12-10-36 

Barry Norton, Mary Carr, John Barton 
Devil On Horseback (Grand Nt'l.) . .10-6-36 

FD: 9-30-36; Lili Damita, Del Campo 
Dimples (20th-Fox) 10-16-36 

FD: 9-26-36; Shirley Temple 
Devil's Playground (Columbia) 1-24-37 

Dolores del Rio, Chester Morris, Richard 


Dizzy Dames (Liberty) 

FD: 7-18-36; Maxjorie Rambeau 
Doctor Bull (reissue) (20th-Fox) .. .2-5-36 

Will Rogers, Marian Nixon 
Dodge City Trail (Columbia) 2-5-37 

Charles Starrett, Marian Weldon 
Don't Pull Your Punches (Warner Bros.) 


Barton McLane, June Travis 
Don't Tell the Wife (RKO-Radio) . . .In Prod. 

Guy Kibbee, Una Merkel 
Drums of Destiny (Crescent) 1-18-37 

Tom Keene 

East Meets West (GB) 10-15-36 

FD: 9-19-36; George Arliss 
Easy Going (RKO) In Prod. 

Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey 
Easy to Take (Paramount) 11-6-36 

FD: 10-20-36; John Howard, Marsha Hunt 


Release Date 

Ellis Island (Invineible) 11-6-36 

Donald Cook, Peggy Shannon 
Empty Saddles (Universal) 12-20-36 

FD: 10-17-36; Buck Jones 
Escadrille (RKO-Radio) In Prod. 

Paul Muni, Miriam Hopkins 
Espionage (M-G-M-) In Prod. 

Edmund Lowe, Madge Evans, Paul Lukas 
Everybody Dance (GB) Not set 

Cicely Courtneidge, Ernest Truex 
Everything Is Thunder (GB) 10-1-36 

FD: 11-20-36; Constance Bennett, Doug. 

Feud of the West (Diversion) 

FD: 5-19-36; Hoot Gibson 
15 Maiden Lane (20th-Fox) 10-30-36 

FD: 9-29-36; Claire Trevor, Cesar Romero 
Find the Witness (Columbia) 1-8-37 

Charles Quigley, Rosalind Keith 
Fire Over England (U. A.) Not set 

FD: 1-14-37; Flora Robson, Lawrence 
Flying Hostess (Universal) 11-22-36 

FD: 12-16-36; Wm. Gargan, Judith Barrett 
For Love of You (Celebrity) 11-16-36 

Frank Forest 
Four Days' Wonder (Universal) ... .1-3-37 

FD: 1-5-37; Jeanne Dante, Kenneth Howell 
Freedom for Sale (Columbia) 2-13-37 

Paul Kelly, Rosalind Keith 
Fugitive in the Sky (Warner Bros.) 11-28-36 
FD: 1-6-37; Jean Muir, Warren Hull 

Gambling With Souls (Jay Dee Kay) 

Martha Chapin, Robert Frazer 

Garden of Allah (United Artists) . .11-19-36 
FD: 11-3-36; Charles Boyer, Marlene Diet- 

Gay Desperado (United Artists) .. .10-2-36 
FD: 10-3-36; Nino Martini, Ida Lupino 

Gay LoVe (Marcy) 

FD: 6-10-36; Florence Desmond 

General Spanky (M-G-M) 12-11-36 

FD: 10-27-36; Spanky McFarland 
Ghost Patrol (Puritan) 

FD: y-10-36; Tim McCoy 
Ghost Town Gold (Republic) 10-26-36 

Bob Livingston, Ray Corrigan 
Girl on the Front Page (Universal) .9-27-36 

FD: 9-19-36; Edmund Lowe. Gloria Stuart 
Girl Overboard (Universal) 2-28-37 

Gloria Stuart, Walter Pidgeon 
Give Me Your Heart (Warner Bros.) .9-26-36 

FD: 7-14-36; Kay Francis. George Brent; 

Rev. as "I Give My Heart" 
Go West Young Man (Paramount) .11-13-36 

FD: 11-6-36; Mae West, Warren William 
God's Country and the Woman (Warners) 


FD: 12-19-36; Geo. Brent, Beverly 
Gold Diggers of 1937 (First Nat'l) .12-26-36 

FD: 12-2-36; Dick Powell, Joan Blondell 
Good Earth, The (M-G-M) Not set 

Paul Muni, Louise Rainer 
Great Barrier, The (GB) Not set 

Richard Arlen 
Great Guy (Grand Nat'l) Not set 

FD: 12-9-36; James Cagney, Mae Clarke 
Great O'Malley, The (Warner Bros.) 2-13-37 

Pat O'Brien, Sybil Jason 
Green Light (Warner Bros.) Not set 

FD: 1-5-37; Errol Flynn, Anita Louise 
Gun Ranger, The (Republic) 11-19-36 

Bob Steele 
Guns and Guitars (Republic) Not set 

FD: 12-22-36; Gene Autry, Dorothy Dix 
Guns of the Pecos (Warner Bros.) . . .1-2-37 

Dick Foran, Anne Nagel 

Happy Go Lucky (Republic) 12-14-36 

FD: 12-5-36; Phil Regan, Evalyn Venable 
Hats Off (Grand National) Not set 

FD: 12-16-36; Mae Clarke, John Payne 
Head Over Heels in Love (GB) 1-30-37 

Jessie Matthews 
Headin' for the Rio Grande 

(Grand National) Not set 

FD: 12-8-36; Tex Ritter, Eleanore 
Help Wanted, Female (Columbia) . .In Prod. 

Jean Arthur, George Brent 
ler Husband's Secretary (First Nat'l) 3-20-37 

Warren Hull, Jean Muir 
Here Comes Carter! (First Natl.) .10-24-36 

FD: 11-14-36; Ross Alexander, Glenda 


Release Date 

Hideaway Girl (Paramount) 11-20-36 

FD: 1-1-37; Shirley Ross, Robert Cummings 
Hidden Power, The (GB) 1-1-37 

Sylvia Sidney 
High Treason (Treo) 12-15-36 

Winifred Shotter, John Garrick 
History Is Made at Night (U. A.) . . .1-15-37 

Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur 
Holy Terror, The (20th-Fox) 2-6-37 

FD: 1-2-37; Jane Withers, Anthony Martin 
Hopalong Cassidy Returns (Para.) . .10-16-36 

FD: 10-12-36; Wm. Boyd, Evelyn Brent 

House of Secrets (Chesterfield) 10-26-36 
Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans 

I Cover Chinatown (Steiner) 11-18-36 

FD: 8-25-36; Norman Foster, E. 
I Promise to Pay (Columbia) 2-8-37 

Chester Morris, Helen Mack, Leo Carrillo 
In His Steps (Grand National 9-29-36 

FD: 9-22-36; Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker 
In Paris, A. W. O. L. (Rowland- Wagner) . . 

FD: 4-7-36; Lola Lane, D-ene Ware 
Internes Can't Take Money (Para.) .In Prod. 

Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea 
Isle of Fury (Warner Bros.) 10-10-36 

FD: 12-2-36; Donald Woods, Margaret 

Join The Marines (Republic) 1-25-37 

FD: 1-4-37; June Travis, Paul Kelly 
Jones Family in Off to the Races (20th-Fox) 

FD: 1-7-37; Slim Summerville, Jed Prouty, 
Shirley Deane 

Jungle Princess (Paramount) 11-27-36 

FD: 11-20-36; Dorothy Lamour, Ray 

Justice After Dark (Warners) In Prod 

John Litel, Ann Dvorak 

Kelly of the Secret Service (Principal) . . . 

FD: 7-22-36; L. Hughes, Sheila Mannors 
Killer at Large (Columbia) 10-1-36 

FD: 10-27-36; Mary Brian, Russell Hardie 
King and the Chorus Girl (Warner Bros.) 


Fernand Gravet, Joan Blondell 
King of Hockey (Warner Bros.) . .12-19-36 

FD: 11-3-36; Dick Pureell, Anne Nagel 
King Solomon's Mines (GB) In Prod. 

Paul Robeson, Roland Young 
Kiss Me Goodbye (Celebrity) Not set 

Ladies in Love (20th-Fox) 10-9-36 

FD: 10-29-36; J. Gaynor, L. Youns, C. 
Bennett, S. Simon 

Lady from Nowhere (Columbia. . .11-21-36 
FD: 12-22-36; Mary Astor, Charles 

Land Beyond the Law (Warner Bros.) 3-13-37 

Dick Foran, Linda Perry 
Land Without Music (GB) Not set 

Richard Tauber, Jimmy Durante 
Larceny on the Air (Republic) ... .1-11-37 

FD: 1-15-37; G. Bradley, R. Livingston 
Last of Mrs. Cheyney (M-G-M) 2-5-37 

Joan Crawford 
The Last Slaver (20th-Fox) In Prod. 

Warner Baxter, Wallace Beery 
Laughing at Trouble (20th-Fox) . .12-11-36 

FD: 1-6-37; Jane Darwell, Sara Haden 
Lawless Land (Republic) 11-23-36 

Johnny Mack Brown 
Law of the Ranger (Columbia) 2-12-37 

Bob Allen 
Legion of Terror (Columbia) 11-1-36 

FD: 11-3-36; M. Churchill, Bruce Cabot 
Libeled Lady (M-G-M) 10-9-36 

FD: 10-7-36; Jean Harlow, Wm. Powell 
Life of Edward VIII (GB) Not set 

FD: 12-10-36; Ex-King of England 
Lion's Den, The (Puritan) 

FD: 8-25-36; Tim McCoy 
Living Dangerously (GB) 12-1-36 

FD: 12-5-36; Otto Kruger 
Lloyds of London (20th-Fox) 1-29-37 

FD: 11-27-36; Madeleine Carroll, 
Freddie Bartholomew 
Longest Night, The (M-G-M) 10-2-36 

FD: 9-15-36; Robert Young, Florence Rice 
Lost Horizon (Columbia) Not set 

Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt 

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Release Date 

Love in Exile (GB) 11-16-36 

CUre Brook, Helen Vinson 
Love Is News (20th-Fox) 3-5-37 

Loretta Young, Tyrone Power 
Love Letters of a Star (Universal) .11-8-36 

FD: 12-1-36: Walter Coy. Polly Rowles 
Love on the Run (M-G-M) 11-20-36 

FD: 11-17-36: Joan Crawford, Clark 
Love Trap, The (Para.) In Prod. 

Ricardo Cortez, Gail Patrick 
Luckiest Girl in the World (Univ.) .11-15-36 

FD: 10-22-36: Jane Wyatt, Louis Hay ward 
Mad Holiday (M-G-M) 11-13-36 

FD: 11-30-36; Edmund Lowe, Elissa Landi 
Magnificent Brute, The (Universal) .10-11-36 

FD: 10-24-36; V. McLaglen, Bennie 

Maid of Salem (Paramount) In Prod. 

Clandette Colbert, F. MacMurray 
Make Way for a Lady (RKO) 11-13-36 

FD: 12-12-36; Anne Shirley, Herbert Mar- 
Man Betrayed (Republic) 12-28-36 

FD: 1-8-37; Eddie Nugent, Kay Hughes 
Man I Marry. The (Universal) 11-1-36 

FD: 10-12-36; Doris Nolan, Michael 

Man of Affairs (GB) 1-20-37 

FD: 1-16-37; George Arliss, Rene Ray 
Man of the People (M-G-M) 1-29-37 

Joseph Calleia, Florence Rice 
Man Who Lived Again (GB) 11-1-36 

FD: 12-16-36: Boris Karloff 
Man Who Lived Twice (Columbia) . .9-25-36 

FD: 10-13-36; Ralph Bellamy, Marian 

Mandarin Mystery. The (Republic) . .12-7-36 

Eddie Nugent. Charlotte Henry 
Manhattan Girl (RKO) 1-22-37 

Lily Pons, Gene Raymond 
Maytime (M-G-M) 2-12-37 

J. MacDonald, Nelson Eddy 
Melody for Two (Warner Bros.) . . .Not set 

FD: 1-12-37; James Melton, Patricia Ellis 
Men In Exile (Warner Bros.) In Prod. 

Dick Purcell, June Travis 
Michael StrogoS (RKO) In Prod. 

Anton Walbrook, Margot Grahame 
Midnight Court (Warner Bros.) 3-6-37 

Ann Dvorak, John Litel 
Midsummer Night's Dream (Warner) .10-3-36 

FD: 10-10-35 
Mighty Treve, The (Universal) ... .1-17-37 

FD: 1-12-37 Noah Beery, Jr., Chas. Win- 
Mind Your Own Business (Para.) . .In Prod. 

Charlie Ruggles, Alice Brady, Lyle Talbot 

FD: 12-14-36; Charlie Ruggles, Alice 
Missing Men (Republic) Not set 

Kay Hughes 
Mister Cinderella (M-G-M ) 10-23-36 

FD: 7-11-36; Jack Haley, Betty Furness 
Mother Carey's Chickens (RKO) 1-1-37 

Ginger Rogers, Fred Stone 
Mr. Jericho (20th -Fox) 3-12-37 

J. Edward Bromberg, Betty Furness 
More Than a Secretary (Columbia) . .Not set 

FD: 12-11-36: Jean Arthur, George Brent 
Mountain Justice (Warner Bros.) . .In Prod. 

Josephine Hutchinson, George Brent 
Mummy's Boys (RKO) 10-2-36 

FD: 12-16-36: Bert Wheeler, Robert Wool- 
Murder Goes to College (Paramount) In Prod. 

Ray Milland, Marsha Hunt 
Murder in the Red Barn (Olympic) 

FD: 8-19-36; Tod Slaughter 
Mysterious Crossing (Universal) .. .12-27-36 

James Dunne, Jean Rogers 
Murder on the Set (Globe) 

FD: 8-21-36; Henry Kandall, Eve Grey 
Murder With Pictures (Paramount) . .9-25-36 

FD: 11-20-36; Lew Ayres, Gail Patrick 
Nancy Steele is Missing (20th-Fox) .2-26-37 

Victor McLaglen, Walter Connolly, 
June Lang 
Navy Spy (Grand National) Not set 

Conrad Nagel 
Night Waitress (RKO) 12-18-36 

FD: 12-18-36; Margot Grahame, Gordon 
Nobody's Baby (M-G-M) In Prod. 

Patsy Kelly, Lyda Roberti 
North of Nome (Columbia) 11-14-36 

FD: 10-28-36; Jack Holt 
Old Corral (Republic) 12-21-36 

Gene Autry 

Title Release Date 

Old Lady Ironsides (Republic) 2-22-37 

Alison Skipworth, Polly Moran 
Old Hutch (M-G-M) 9-25-36 

FD: 9-22-36; Wallace Beery, Cecilia Parker 
On the Avenue (20th-Fox) 2-12-37 

Dick Powell, Madeline Carroll 
Once a Doctor (First Nat'l) 1-23-37 

Donald Woods, Jean Muir 

Once in a Blue Moon (Paramount) . .Not set 
FD: 12-3-36; Jimmy Savo, Nikita 

One in a Million (20th-Fox) 1-1-37 

FD: 12-22-3G: Sonja Henie, Adolphe 

One Way Passage (Reissue) 

(Warner Bros.) 12-12-36 

Dick Powell, Joan Blondell 
Our Relations (M-G-M) 10-30-36 

FD: 7-14-36; Laurel & Hardy 
Outcast (Paramount) In Prod. 

Warren William Karen Morley 
Outcasts of Poker Flats (RKO) . . .In Prod. 

Preston Foster 

Paradise Express (Republic) 1-25-37 

Parnell M-G-M) 2-26-37 

Clark Gable, Myrna Loy 
Park Avenue Logger (RKO-Radio) . .In Prod. 

George O'Brien, Beatrice Roberts 
Pennies from Heaven (Columbia) . .11-26-36 

FD: 11-16-36; Bing Crosby. Madge Evans 
Penrod and Sam (Warners) Not set 

Billy Mauch, Frank Craven 
Phantom of Santa Fe (Burroughs-Tarzan) 


Norman Kerry, C. Geraghty 
Phantom of the Range (Victory) . .11-26-36 

Tom Tyler, Beth Marion 
Phantom Ship (Guaranteed) 10-15-36 

Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey 
Pigskin Parade (20th-Fox) 10-23-36 

FD: 10-20-36; Stuart Erwin, J. Downs 
Plainsman. The (Paramount) Not set 

FD: 11-24-36; Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur 
Plough and the Stars (RKO) 1-15-37 

FD: 12-26-36: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston 
Plot Thickens, The (RKO) Not set 

FD: 12-9-36; James Gleason, ZaSu Pitts 
Polo Joe (Warner Bros.) 12-6-36 

FD: 8-24-36: Joe E. Brown 
Prescott Kid. The (Columbia) 

FD: 10-17-36: Tim McCoy 
Prison Shadows (Victory) 

FD: 7-18-36; Eddie Nugent, Lucille Lund 
Private Enemy (20th-Fox) 1-8-36 

Victor McLaglen, Barbara Stanwyck 
Put on the Spot (Principal) 

FD: 10-3-36; Eddie Nugent, Maxine Doyle 

Quality Street (RKO) In Prod. 

Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone 

Racing Blood (Conn) 

FD: 8-13-36; Frankie Darro, Kane Rich- 
Racing Lady (RKO) 1-29-37 

Ann Dvorak, Harry Carey 
Racing Luck (Columbia) In Prod. 

Dorothy Wilson. Charles Qulgley 
Racketeers in Exile (Columbia) ...In Prod. 

Geo. Bancroft, Wynne Gibson 
Rainbow on the River (RKO) 12-25-36 

FD: 12-6-36; Bobby Breen, May Robson 
Ramona ( 20th-Fox) 9-25-36 

FD: 9-16-36; L. Young, Don Ameche 
Ranger Courage (Columbia) 10-30-36 

Bob Allen, Martha Tibbetts 
Ready, Willing and Able (Warners) ..3-6-37 

Ross Alexander, Ruby Keeler 
Rebellion (Crescent) 10-27-36 

FD: 10-10-36: Tom Keene 
Red Lights Ahead (Chesterfield) .. .In Prod. 
Rembrandt (United Artists) 12-4-36 

FD: 11-21-36; Charles Laughton 

Return of Raffles (Invincible) In Prod. 

Reunion (20th-Fox) 11-20-36 

FD: 11-13-36; Dionne Quints, Jean 
Ride, Ranger. Ride (Republic) 9-30-36 

Gene Autry 
Riders of Whistling Skull (Republic) .1-4-37 

Livingston, Corrigan, Terhune 
Riddle of the Dangling Pearl (RKO) 12-11-36 

James Gleason, ZaSu Pitts 
Riding Avenger, The (Diversion) 

FD: 7-14-36; Hoot Gibson 
Rip Roarin' Buckaroo (Victory) .. .10-15-36 

Tom Tyler, Beth Marion 
River of Unrest (GB) 1-10-37 

John Lodge, John Loder 
Roarin' Guns (Puritan) 

FD: 7-7-36; Tim McCoy 
Roarin' Lead (Republic) 12-9-36 

Bob Livingston, Ray Corrigan 

Title Release Date 

Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (Republic) 


Romeo and Juliet (M-G-M) Not set 

FD: 7-16-36; Norma Shearer, Leslie How- 
Rose Bowl (Paramount) 10-30-36 

FD: 10-15-36: Tom Brown, E. Whitney 
Roundup Time in Texas (Republic) .2-28-37 

Gene Autry, Maxine Doyle 
Saint in New York (RKO) In Prod. 

Barbara Stanwyck, Eduardo Ciannelli 
Sandflow (Universal) 2-14-37 

Buck Jones, Lita Chevret 
San Quentin (Warner Bros.) In Prod. 

Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart 

Secret Valley (20th-Fox) 1-15-37 

FD: 12-28-36; Richard Arlen, Virginia 
Serenade on the Seine (RKO) In Prod. 

Ann Sothern, Smith Ballew 
Seventh Heaven (20th-Fox) 3-26-37 

Simone Simon, James Stewart 
Shadow, The (Globe) 

FD: 6-27-36 
She's Dangerous (Universal) 1-24-37 

Walter Pidgeon, Tala Birell 
She-Devil Island (Grand Nat'l) 

FD: 8-29-36 
She Sang for Her Supper (RKO).. In Prod. 

Anne Shirley 
Sing Me a Love Song (Warners) 1-9-37 

FD: 12-29-36; James Melton, Patricia 
Singing Buckaroo (Spectrum) 12-15-36 

Fred Scott 
Singing Vagabond, The (Republic) 

FD: 7-23-36; Gene Autry 
Sinner Take All (M-G-M) 12-18-36 

FD: 12-12-36; Bruce Cabot, Margaret 

Smart Blonde (Warner Bros.) 1-2-37 

FD: 11-21-36; Glenda Farrell, Barton 
Smartest Girl in Town (RKO) ... .11-27-36 

FD: 11-10-36; Gene Raymond, Ann Soth- 
Song of the Gringo (Grand Nat'l) . .11-10-36 

FD: 11-10-36; Tex Ritter, Joan Woodbury 
Souls at Sea (Para.) In Prod. 

Gary Cooper, George Raft, Shirley Ross 
Stampede (Col.) Not set 

FD: 11-27-36; Charles Starret, Finis 
Star Is Born, A (United Artists) ... .2-1-37 

Fredric March, Janet Gaynor 

Star of Empire (Crescent) 12-8-36 

Tom Keene 
Stepping Toes (RKO) In Prod. 

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers 
Stolen Holiday (Warners) Not set 

FD: 12-22-36; Kay Francis, Claude Rains 
Stormy Trails (Grand Nat'l) Not set 

FD: 12-23-36; Bob Hodges, Lois Wilde 
Stowaway (20th-Fox) 12-25-36 

FD: 12-16-36; Shirley Temple, Robert 
Strangers on a Honeymoon (GB) . . .12-15-36 

Constance Cummings, Hugh Sinclair 
Swing High, Swing Low (Para.) . . .In Prod. 

Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray 
Student's Romance (Alliance) 9-19-36 

FD: 10-14-36; Greta Natzler 
Swing Time (RKO) 9-4-36 

FD: 8-26-36; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers 
Tarzan Escapes (M-G-M) 11-6-36 

FD: 11-6-36; J. Weissmuller, M. O'Sullivan 
Tenderfoot Goes West, A (Treo) .. .12-1-36 

Jack LaRue, Russell Gleason 
Thank You, Jeeves (20th-Fox) ...10-2-36 

FD: 9-17-36; Arthur Treacher 
That Girl from Paris (RKO) Not set 

FD: 12-15-36; Lily Pons, Gene Raymond 
That I May Live (20th Cent.-Fox) . .In Prod. 

Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent 
Theodora Goes Wild (Columbia) . . .Not set 

FD: 11-5-36; Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas 
They Wanted to Marry (RKO) In Prod. 

Betty Furness, E. E. Clive 
Three Men on a Horse (First Nat'l) 11-21-36 

FD: 11-13-36; Frank McHugh. Joan 
Three Smart Girls (Universal) ... .12-20-36 

Charles Winninger, Alice Brady 
Time Out for Romance (20th-Fox) .3-19-37 

Claire Trevor, Michael Whalen 
Top of the Town (Universal) 3-28-37 

Doris Nolan, George Murphy 

Title Release Date 

Trail Dust (Paramount) 12-4-36 

FD: 12-19-36; Wm. Boyd, James Ellison 
Toast of New York (RKO-Radio) . . .In Prod. 

Edward Arnold, Frances Farmer 
Traitor, The (Puritan) 

FD: 11-6-36 
Trouble Ahead (Times) 

FD: 9-23-36; Charles Farrell 
The Trusted Outlaw (Republic) ... .2-1-37 

Bob Steele, Lois January 
Tugboat Princess (Columbia) 10-15-36 

FD: 12-16-36; Walter C. Kelly, Edith 

Two Minutes to Play (Victory) 11-2-36 

Herman Brix 

Two of Us, The (GB) Not set 

Jack Hulbert 

Under Your Spell (20th-Fox) 11-6-36 

FD: 11-4-36; Lawrence Tibbett, Wendy 

Undercover Man (Republic) 9-24-36 

Johnny M. Brown, Suzanne Karen 

Under Cover of Night (M-G-M) 1-8-37 

FD: 1-4-37; Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice 

Underworld Terror (United Picture) 

FD: 7-18-36; Nick Stuart, Nina Quartero 

Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (Paramount) 

FD: 9-22-36; Gladys George, Arline Judge 

Vengeance of Rannah (Reliable) .. .11-6-36 
Bob Custer, Rin-Tin-Tin, Jr. 

Waikiki Wedding (Para.) In Prod. 

Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Bob Burns 
Wake Up and Live (20th-Fox) In Prod. 

Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie, Alice Fay 
Wanted, Jane Turner (RKO) 12-4-36 

FD: 11-30-36; Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart 
Way Out West (M-G-M) In Prod. 

FD: 12-19-36; Laurel and Hardy 
Weather or No (Columbia) In Prod. 

Ralph Bellamy, Ida Lupino 
Week-End Millionaire (GB) 11-20-36 

Buddy Rogers, Mary 3rian 
We Have Our Moments (Universal) . .3-7-37 

James Dunn, Sally Eilers 
We. the Jury (RKO) In Prod. 

Helen Broderick, Victor Moore 
We Who Are About to Die (RKO) . . .1-8-37 

FD: 10-23-36; Preston Foster, A. Dvorak 
Wedding Present (Paramount) ... .10-16-36 

FD: 9-24-36; Joan Bennett, Cary Grant 
We're on the Jury (RKO-Radio) . . . .In Prod. 

Victor Moore, Helen Broderick 
When's Your Birthday- (RKO-Radio) In Prod. 

Joe E. Brown, Marian Marsh 
When You're in Love (Columbia) . . .2-27-37 

Grace Moore, Cary Grant 
West of Nevada (Colony) 

FD: 7-21-36; Rex Bell 
Westbound Mail (Columbia) 1-22-37 

Charles Starret, Rosalind Keith 
When Love Is Young (Universal) . . .2-21-37 

Virginia Bruce, Kent Taylor 
Where There's a Will (GB) Not set 

Will Hay 
While London Sleeps (Ideal) 

FD: 7-18-36; Victor Varconi 
White Hunter (20th-Fox) 11-27-36 

FD: 11-28-36: Warner Baxter, June Lang 
White Lerion (Grand National) .. .10-13-36 

FD: 10-17-36; Tala Birell, Ian Keith 
Wild Brian Kent (20th-Fox) 11-6-36 

FD: 10-22-36; Ralph Bellamy. Mae Clark 
Wildcat Trooper (Ambassador) 

FD: 7-14-36; Kermit Maynard 
Wings of Mercy (RKO-Radio) In Prod. 

John Beal, Joan Fontaine 
Wings of Morning (20th-Fox) 2-19-37 

Annabella, Henry Fonda 
Winterset (RKO) 11-20-36 

FD: 11-17-36: Margo, Burgess Meredith 
With Love and Kisses (Melody) . . . .Not set 

FD: 12-7-36; Pinky Tomlin, Toby Wing 
Without Orders (RKO) 10-23-36 

FD: 9-25-36; Sally Eilers, Rob. Armstrong 
Wolf of Santa Fe (Republic) 2-1-37 

Bob Steele 
Woman Alone GB) 

FD: 1-9-37; Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka 
Woman in Distress (Columbia) ....1-17-37 

May Robson, Irene Hervey, Dean Jagger 
Woman Rebels, A (RKO) 11-6-36 

FD: 10-28-36; Katharine Hepburn 
Woman Wise (20th-Fox) 1-22-37 

FD: 1-16-37; Rochelle Hudson, Michael 
Women of Glamor (Columbia) 1-28-37 

Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce 

Yellow Cargo (Grand National) ... 10-27-36 
FD: 6-6-36; Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Hunt 

You Only Live Once (Unit. Art.) 1-1-37 

Sylvia Sidney. Henry Fonda 






(.Continued from Page 1) 

pinet, RKO vice-president, in con- 
nection with that company's position 
on its 10-point program. 

It is up to distributors to set up 
the local conciliation boards in co- 
operation with local exhibitor asso- 
ciations and leading theater owners, 
says the communication. 

Following in part is the M. P. T. 
0. A. letter: 

"Your letter of January 8th, 1937, 
setting forth what your company 
proposes to do in connection with 
the written proposals on trade prac- 
tices presented to you on April 14th, 
1936, by the MPTOA Executive Com- 
mittee has been forwarded to me 
from our national headquarters office 
in New York. In the meantime, there 
has been sent to you for your atten- 
tion our letters to Messrs. Cochrane, 
Kent and Lichtman, analyzing and 
commenting on their replies from the 
point of view of exhibitor reaction. 
Much of the comment in those com- 
munications applies to the RKO 
statement, because your proposals 
are in most instances essentially 
similar to theirs. 

"The MPTOA proposals were care- 
fully prepared after long considera- 
tion of widespread complaints of 
theater owners and consultation with 
leading exhibitors thorughout the 
country. They were intended as 
moderate, reasonable proposals for 
the genuine and immediate benefit of 
all independent exhibitors, not as 
trading points to be cut down as far 
as possible by each distributor, nor 
to create artificial controversy, nor 
to defeat any legislation. We are 
honestly trying to help the small but 
reputable exhibitor to get a break, 
to remove possible abuses and pre- 
vent injustices in a complex busi- 
ness, to really improve trade rela- 
tions in our own business which seem 
to generate much ill will, prejudice, 
hatred and bitterness. 

"We are glad to note that you 
have not closed the door to future 
negotiations in these matters. With 
your qualified acceptance of the 
MPTOA proposals as a beginning, 
as we have an opportunity to ob- 
serve the results in actual operation 
and as we both gain more experi- 
ence in voluntary self-regulation of 
trade practices, we hope to resume 
negotiations with you on those pro- 
posals which you have refused to 
accept in whole or in part, and on 
any additional proposals that may 
develop. At least we have made a 
definite start in the right direction, 
which will become increasingly ap- 
parent as we are enabled to secure 
definite, tangible benefits from these 
patient efforts. 

"It is very important that the pro- 
posed local boards of conciliation be 
established with adequate facilities 
and full cooperation of the distribu- 
tors at the earliest possible date. It 
has developed that six or seven of 
the MPTOA written proposals can 
only be effectively accomplished 

Reviews of Hew TdUns 

Victor Moore and Helen Broderick in 


with Philip Huston, Louise Latimer, Vinton 

Haworth, Robert McWade 


RKO Radio 70 Mins. 


Here is a real laugh hit that will please 
all types of audiences. Several laughs are 
of the belly variety, with the picture re- 
flecting much credit on director Ben 
Holmes, an expert in handling comedy. The 
vehicle is ideal for Victor Moore and Helen 
Broderick who head the list of fun-makers. 
Others who aid in the laugh making antics 
are Robert McWade, as the judge, Leonid 
Kinskey, Louise Latimer, Billy Gilbert, Sarah 
Edwards, Hal K. Dawson, Charles Lane and 
Roy James, members of the jury. Colleen 
Clare, Philip Huston, Maxine Jennings, 
Vinton Haworth, Charles Middleton, Edward 
Gargan, Earle Foxe, Frank M. Thomas, Jean 
Howard are among the other principals who 
do good work. The picture is rich satire 
on the jury system. Moore, who in the jury 
room tries to sell real estate to fellow 
jurors, and Miss Broderick, who upsets court 
procedure with numerous questions, but 
their supposedly silly deductions later prove 
important before the case is finally closed. 
Colleen Clare is on trial for the murder of 
her husband, and on the first ballot Miss 
Broderick is the only person voting for ac- 
quittal. On the jury's visit to Miss Clare's 
home, Miss Broderick uncovers evidence 
that shows that Earle Foxe is the real mur- 
derer. Franklin Coen provided a refreshing 
screen play. Lee Marcus, producer, and 
Joseph Henry Steele, associate producer, 
rate bows for an entertaining production. 

Cast: Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, 
Philip Huston, Louise Latimer, Vinton Ha- 
worth, Robert McWade, Maxine Jennings, 
Frank M. Thomas, Colleen Clare, Billy Gil- 
bert, Charles Lane, Charles Middleton, Jean 
Howard, Leonid Kinskey, Sarah Edwards, 
Hal K. Dawson, Edward Gargan, Earle Foxe, 
Roy James. 

Producer, Lee Marcus; Associate Producer, 
Joseph Henry Steele; Director, Ben Holmes; 
From Play "Ladies of the Jury" by John 
Frederick Ballard; Screenplay, Franklin 
Coen; Cameraman, Nick Musuraca; Editor, 
Ted Cheesman. 

Direction, Expert. Photography, Excellent. 

through the operation of such local 

"You will realize that the MPTOA, 
as a national trade association of 
theater owners, has gone as far as 
it can to secure the establishment of 
such local boards. It is now up to 
the distributors to carry the ball, 
to work out each such local board, 
where they are desired, in coopera- 
tion with the leading local theater 
owners and the local exhibitor asso- 
ciation. As soon as the distributors 
generally announce that they will 
participate in and support such con- 
ciliation, you and the other com- 
panies should take immediate steps 
to start the ball rolling in those 
places where the local exhibitors 
want this developed and offer their 
sincere cooperation to try it out and 
see what it can accomplish." 


with Jean Muir, Warren Hull, Gordon Oliver, 

Carlyle Moore, Jr., Howard Phillips, 

Winifred Shaw, Mary Treen. 

Warner Bros. 58 Mins. 


One of the best of present crop of mys- 
tery-action-thrillers, this aerial melodrama 
is type of entertainment that produces 
extraordinary wear and tear on fore-edges 
of theater chairs. It is admirably suited to 
houses whose clienteles revel in excitement. 
One of the mysteries, from the technical 
standpoint, is how screenplay's author, 
George Bricker, and director Nick Grinde 
succeeded in maintaining breakneck pace in 
script and handling respectively. That they 
did, without let-up from introductory se- 
quences to final clinch, is praiseworthy. 
Warren Hull plays role of energetic news- 
paper reporter assigned to a large western 
city's commercial airport. He sees a G-man 
board the giant passenger plane, senses a 
story, and phones his editor for permission 
to go along. The passengers also include 
a prizefighter, his manager, and several 
men, and women who appear to be just 
average folks. But in the night, as the 
plane wings eastward, a man is murdered. 
The act forces Howard Phillips, playing the 
part of a notorious gangster and killer, to 
discard his female disguise and take charge 
of the ship. He forces the pilots to head 
for an Indiana city; destroys the plane's 
radio, and compels the ship to buck a rag- 
ing dust storm that results in a perilous 
forced landing. Hull, the reporter, in love 
with Jean Muir, the airliner's pretty hostess, 
later overpowers the killer, while she acci- 
dentally stumbles on a fact that solves the 
mysterious murder that happened en route. 
Ted McCord's photography of unusually 
difficult scenes is splendid. 

Cast: Jean Muir, Warren Hull, Gordon 
Oliver, Carlyle Moore, Jr., Howard Phillips, 
Winifred Shaw, Mary Treen, John Litel, 
Gordon Elliott, Gordon Hart, Nedda Harri- 
gan, John Kelly, Joe Cuningham, Don Bar- 
clay, Charles Foy, Spencer Charters, Lillian 
Harmer, Tom Jackson. 

Director, Nick Grinde; Author and Screen- 
play, George Bricker; Cameraman, Ted Mc- 
Cord; Editor, Frank Dewar. 

Direction, Swift. Photography, -Excellent. 

John Minturn Killed by Car 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — John Minturn, 67 £ 
veteran actor, was fatally injured 
and Basil Rathbone had a narrow 
escape from injury or death when 
a hit-run driver bore down on them 
in front of Rathbone's home. 

GB Divvy Report Denied 

London (By Cable) — Denial is 
made by GB that discussions are 
under way which might result in 
deferring payment of the next divi- 
dend on the 5% per cent preference 
stock, due March 31. 

Ann Harding, Janssen to Wed 

London — Ann Harding and Wer- 
ner Janssen have filed intention to 
wed at a London registry office. 

Monday, Jan. 18,1937 

TO EXCEED $200,000 

Earnings of the Trans-Lux Day- 
light Screen Corp. will be over $200,- 
000 for the year 1936. The company 
reported earnings of $127,000 for 
the first six months of 1936 and 
$164,291 for the entire year of 1935. 

Para. Leads Production 

Parade With 9 in Work 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Warners and M-G-M are next in 
line with five each. Columbia and 
RKO are down for four each. Uni- 
versal is making three and Republic 
two. MacLean, Zeidman, Reliable, 
Darmour and Hirliman are to be 
credited with one each. 

"Wings of Mercy" is the newest 
offering at RKO, while Paramount 
has just placed "Years Are So 
Long" in work. "Racing Luck" has 
started at Columbia and "Dance, 
Charlie, Dance," at Warners. "That 
I May Live" and "Wake Up and 
Live" are the newest on the 20th 
Century-Fox schedule. "Stones Cry 
Out" has just gone before Universal 
cameras, while "Ever Since Eve" is 
new at Republic. 

"Call It a Day" has finished at 
Warners and "Girl Overboard" at 
Universal. "Time Out for Romance" 
was wrapped up at 20th Century- 

Detroit Censor III, But 

Continues Giveaway War 

Kassler Brings "Golem" 

Frank Kassler has arrived here 
from Prague bringing with him a 
print of a feature, "The Golem," 
produced in French with Harry 
Baur as the star. "The Golem" is 
based on an old Hebrew legend and 
was directed by Kassler and Julien 
Duvier. Distribution arrangements 
are now being made. 

Detroit — Lieut. Lester Potter, De- 
troit film censor is on the sick list 
again with laryngitis, following 
pneumonia and three attacks of 
pdeurisy in a row. Directing opera- 
tions from his home, however, he 
sent the censor's squad to the Capi- 
tol Theater, operated by Associated 
Theaters Circuit, to secure evidence 
on the use of Screeno. A ticket for 
violation of the city ordinance was 
issued to the management, but no 
arrests made. 

Potter announced that he will con- 
tinue activity against cash give- 
aways wherever he is not blocked 
by an injunction, as at the Granada 
Theater of the same circuit, where 
an injunction restrains police inter- 
ference with Bank Night. 

Potter was out of bed long enough 
to step into the Film Building to 
review Willis Kent's "Smashing the 
Vice Trust". He condemned the pic- 
ture totally. 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Eighteen Years Old 

VOL. 71, NO. 15 



Sales Tax D 

es lax uecision 

is Delayed Several More Weeks 


GB's '37-38 Program Will Offer From 24 to 36 Pictures 

Product Plans to Be Developed 

By Ostrers Upon Return 

to London 

GB will have a program of be- 
tween 24 and 36 features for dis- 
tribution in the United States dur- 
ing the 1937-38 season, said Arthur 
A. Lee, vice-president, yesterday, in 
announcing that plans for the line- 
up will be developed coincidental 
with the return of Isidore and Mau- 
rice Ostrer to England from New 

Budget for the new year schedule 
will be increased, it was stated, at 
the Shepherd's Bush and Gainsbor- 
ough studios. 


Chicago — Fifty cases against Chi- 
. cago theater managers charged with 
using "Bank Night" have been con- 
| tinued until Thursday by Chief Jus- 
tice John Sonsteby to give attorneys 
; more time for preparation of their 
I defenses. It is expected that other 

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United Artists Launching 

George Schaefer Drive 

A. W. Smith, United Artists sales 
head, on Jan. 24 launches the George 
Schaefer sales drive which will run 
until May 1. Harry Gold will have 
charge of the activities in the East, 

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Mr. and Mrs. Dietz Due 

Howard Dietz, Loew's publicity-adver- 
tising-exploitation head, and his bride 
of two days, the former Mrs. Tanis 
Guiness Montague, were temporarily de- 
layed yesterday from reaching New York 
when their plane was grounded at 
Dallas because of bad weather to the 
east. They were married Saturday at 
Juarez, Mexico, after a flight from 
New York. The newlyweds are ex- 
pected here today. 

Mayor LaGuardia Defends Star Salaries 

Mayor LaGuardia of New York has come to the defense of picture star salaries. In 
replying to an address made by his Commissioner of Correction who deplored top-figure 
earnings, Hizzoner said: "I don't know to whom he's referring, but whether it's Clark 
Gable or Joanna Roos, I know that they deserve it. You people, with your many in- 
terests in life, music, friends and books, don't know what it is to be a drudge all 
week. The only opportunity many people have for an hour of make-believe is in the 
local movie house. Don't belittle the people that make this opportunity possible." 


Columbia intends to produce shows 
on Broadway during the theatrical 
season of 1937-38, a spokesman for 
the company said yesterday. At 
present all major film companies 
are, by agreement, inactive in this 
field due to dissatisfaction with the 
new Dramatists' Guild basic mini- 
mum contract. D. A. Doran, who re- 
cently re-joined Columbia, will have 
charge of its stage producing ac- 

Ohio Measure Would Ban 
Merchandise Chance Games 

Columbus, 0. — State Rep. Carl L. 
Wintzler, Wapakoneta, O., has in- 
troduced a measure into the House 
of Representatives which would pro- 
hibit using merchandise schemes 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Enactment of some sort of a 
minimum-wage law is certain to oc- 
cur during the session of the New 
York State Legislature, according 
to authoritative sources at Albany. 
In addition to the Fischel-Steingut 
bill, which is reported to have the 
approval of Gov. Lehman, the body 
will consider measures submitted by 
Senator Thomas C. Desmond of 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Providence Theater Workers 
Are Now Being Organized 

Providence — Organization of all 
theater employes, including skilled, 
unskilled and management help, has 
been started in this city with Ed- 
ward Volante as temporary presi- 
dent and with John Wathey as or- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Court of Appeals' Recess to Defer 
Decision on United Artists Appeal 

Sidney Lehman Appointed 

U. A. Buffalo Manager 

Sidney Lehman has been appoint- 
ed manager of United Artists' Buf- 
falo exchange, George J. Schaefer, 
vice president and general manager 
in charge of distribution announced 
yesterday. Lehman, formerly of the 
Washington sales force, succeeds 
Saul Resnick in Buffalo. 

That a Court of Appeals decision 
on the New York City 2 per cent 
sales tax, as it concerns film ren- 
tals, will be delayed for several more 
weeks, inasmuch as the Albany body 
plans to . recess . tomorrow until 
sometime next month. The case had 
been down for arguments next Mon- 
day, with Frederick H. Wood slated 
to represent United Artists, the 
plaintiff, in the matter. O'Brien, 
Driscoll & Raftery are counsel for 
the distributor in the action. 

Pictures of This Type Not 

"Part of All Product 


Inasmuch as Westerns are gen- 
erally sold separate from a program, 
they are not included in "product" 
referred to in the 10 per cent can- 
cellation privilege granted by major 
distributors in their replies to the 
M. P. T. 0. A., it was learned yes- 
terday in New York. The distrib- 
uting firms, in their answer to the 
exhibitor group, have indicated that 
a theater, in order to gain the right 
to eliminate 10 per cent, must buy 
all product offered. 

The majors have also made it 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The United States 
Supreme Court yesterday issued an 
order granting the petition of Hi- 
ram Steelman, trustee in bankruptcy 

(Continued on Page 4) 

27 Day and Date Showings 
Set For "Black Legion" 

Twenty-seven day and date pre- 
release showings have been set on 
Warner Bros. "Black Legion," an- 
nounces the company. The dates 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Kirsch "Radio Daily" Mgr. 

Marvin Kirsch, for the past 14 years 
associated with THE FILM DAILY as 
special representative, has been ap- 
pointed business manager of THE RADIO 
DAILY, which soon makes its debut as 
the pioneer daily trade paper in the 
field of radio and television. He is 
located in the new offices of that pub- 
lication on the 24th floor of the Para- 
mount building and his telephone num- 
ber is Wisconsin 7-6336-7-8-9. Be- 
fore joining THE FILM DAILY and its 
subsidiary publications, Kirsch was for 
some years engaged in the distribution 
field in various key cities. 


Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1937 

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Richard Boleslawski's 

Funeral Set for Today 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The funeral of Rich- 
ard Boleslawski, who died Sunday 
of a heart attack, will be held today 
in the Church of St. Augustine, 
Culver City, with Rev. John O'Don- 
nell officiating. Pallbearers will be 
Basil Rathbone, Robert Montgom- 
ery, Gilbert Emery, Dr. Serge Ber- 
tensson and Marcus Goodrich. 

Boleslawski came to Hollywood in 
1929 after the success of the talking 
film had been assured, bringing with 
him a thorough knowledge of stage- 
craft which he had acquired both 
during his long association with the 
Moscow Art Theater and subse- 
quently when he directed a number 
of outstanding stage spectacles. He 
was the author of several success- 
ful books. He is survived by his 
widow, the former actress, Norma 
Drury, and an 18-months-old son, 

Protest Springfield Showing 

Springfield, Mass. — Use of the 
Auditorium by the Y. M. C. A. for 
a motion picture on Sunday, has led 
three theater managers to protest 
to the City Property Committee on 
grounds of unfair competition. 
George Hoover, manager of the Cap- 
itol, George E. Freeman, of Poli's 
and Harry V. Smith, manager of 
Western Massachusetts Theaters, 
Inc. induced the committee to vote 
that in the future the Auditorium 
should not be used for motion pic- 

Attempt to Block Reade 

Theater in Dover, N. J. 

Toms River, N. J. — A thorough 
airing will be given attempts of the 
Dover township committee to block 
construction by Walter H. Reade of 
a new theater here, according to 
Supreme Court Justice Perskie of 
N. J., after ordering action of the 
township board manifestly aimed to 
stop Reade's invasion of the district 
be reviewed before the entire Su- 
preme Court. Perskie's decision was 
given after counsel for Reade ap- 
plied for a writ of certiorari to re- 
view adoption of an ordinance under 
terms of which Reade would be 
barred from operating after com- 
pleting the house, despite the fact 
a permit for construction had been 
granted before passage of the or- 
dinance. The writ is returnable 
within twenty days but it appears 
unlikely case would come before the 
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Get South Ozone Park House 

The Farrell, South Ozone Park, is 
the second house to be acquired by 
Ben Kaufman, brother-in-law of M. 
Van Praag, former National Screen 
Service executive. First theater in 
the group was the Howard at How- 
ard Beach. Maurice Van Praag, 
who leaves National Screen this 
week, will manager the Farrell 
while Kaufman will handle the How- 

Little Rock Exhibitor Dead 

Little Rock, Ark.— Willis Milton 
Reeves, 64, owner and operator of 
the Highland is dead. He had lived 
at Camden for about 15 years be- 
fore coming to Little Rock in 1923 
when he built the Highland theater 
and which he had operated since. 
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. 
Millie Ann Reeves, a daughter, one 
son, and by three brothers. The 
body was taken to Camden for 

Son for Finestones 

Alfred L. Finestone, associate 
editor of "Box Office", and Mrs. 
Finestone are celebrating the ar- 
rival of a son, born last Saturday 
at Physicians' Hospital, Jackson 
Heights, L. I. Baby will be christ- 
ened Robert. 

Brent For "Hotel" Broadcast 

George Brent and Beverly Rob- 
erts will appear in a radio version 
of their forthcoming picture, "God's 
Country and the Woman," on "Hol- 
lvwood Hotel" over the nationwide 
W ABC-Columbia network on Friday, 
from 9:00 to 10:00 P. M. E.S.T. 

Hays Gets Report Data 

Will H. Hays returns to New 
York the second week in February 
from Hollywood where he has been 
making general survey of current 
and proposed production schedules 
and conferring with M.P.P.D.A. 
member executives and their pub- 
licity representatives, prior to sub- 
mitting his annual report on the in- 
dustry due next March. 

Allwyn-Kent Wed 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — Astrid Allwyn and 
Robert Kent, film players, disclose 
they were married Jan. 10 in Ti- 
juana. Only attendant was J. Ed- 
ward Bromberg, screen actor. Cou- 
ple obtained license under real 
names, Astrid Christofferson and 
Douglas Blackley. 

Coming and Going 

HARRIET HOCTOR, ballet dancer, arrived 
in Hollywood from New York yesterday to ap- 
pear in RKO's forthcoming production, "Step- 
ping Toes." 

DORIS NOLAN, screen player who has been 
vacationing at her New Rochelle home, leaves 
New York for Universal City at the end of this 
month to take the leading feminine role in 
"As Good As Married." 

GABE RUBIN, operator of Art Cinema The- 
ater in Pittsburgh, is visiting New York. 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, Universale general 
sales manager, returned to the home office yes- 
terday from an extended stay at the company's 
coast studios. 

CHARLES OLSON, who operates the Lyric 
at Indianapolis, arrived in New York over the 
week-end on a business trip. 

among the stars going to Washington for per- 
sonal appearances there in connection with 
celebration of the President's birthday, Jan. 30. 

JOHN BOLES, arrives in New York Saturday 
from Hollywood. 

WILL H. HAYS returns to New York from 
Hollywood the second week in February. 

ARCHIE MAYO, who is in New York from 
the coast, goes to Florida within a few days 
to continue his vacation. 

RALPH STAUB, director, has arrived in New 
York from the coast to make shots of radio 
acts for Republic. 

en route to the coast from New York, heading 
for Universal City. 

LOUIS B. MAYER leaves New York today 
to join Nicholas M. Schenck in Florida. 

A. PAN BLUMENTHAL leaves New York 
Thursday for Hollywood with Edward Alperson. 

KAY FRANCIS leaves New York late this 
week for the coast to resume work for War- 
ner Bros. -First National in "Mazurka." 

WILLIAM KLEIN, theatrical lawyer, leaves 
for Florida tomorrow to join Lee Shubert. 

Loew's Common at New High 

Loew's common stock advanced to 
a new high on the big board yester- 
day closing at 71%, an advance of 
1% on the day and one point above 
the previous high. 

Get "Eternal Mask" 

W. E. Van Beveren, managing di- 
rector of American Tobis Corp., has 
closed a deal whereby Arthur Mayer 
and Joseph Burstyn have acquired 
American distribution rights to 
"The Eternal Mask", a Swiss pro- 
duction produced at the Berne stu- 
dios of International Dutch Tobis 
Co., ltd. 

Rhode Island Referendum 
to Decide Dog Race Issue 

Providence — Dog racing appears 
to be "out" as far as Rhode Island 
goes in 1937 as Gov. Robert E. 
Quinn has indicated his personal op- 
position to the sport and that it 
will not be permitted until the mat- 
ter is decided through a referendum. 
The track at Taunton, Mass. has 
long annoyed theatermen in this 

David Haynes Dies 

David W. Haynes, 81, retired the- 
ater and company manager, died 
Sunday of pneumonia in Knicker- 
bocker Hospital. 




Restricting the film roll to 600 meters 
in Germany has cost German exhibitors 
20,000,000 Reichsmarks. 








One of the leading editors of 
this industry said: 

I believe that every exhibitor, regardless 
of his present affiliation or the circum- 
stances that dictate it, wishes in his 
secret heart that he had been able to 
obtain M-G-M attractions/ 5 

And thousands of happy M-G-M exhibitors agree 
as they welcome HIT after HIT after HIT! 

"CAMILLE" is following right "AFTER THE THIN MAN" with hold-overs! Then 
"THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY" will pack 'em in. And your wintry days will he 
brightened by "MAYTIME" and you'll clean up with "A DAY AT THE RACES." 
Then the gtant drama "CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS." That's M-G-M/ 



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for William Fox, for a temporary 
restraining order and injunction in 
the case against All Continent Cor- 

The high court further ordered 
that the petition is granted until 
further action is taken upon writ of 
certiorari and the All Continent Cor- 
poration is enjoined from proceed- 
ing in any manner against the peti- 
tioners in the suit of equity now 
pending in United States District 
Court. All Continent Corporation 
originally brought suit in Pennsyl- 
vania in an effort to clarify the title 
to certain securities in possession 
of Philadelphia brokers. It was 
stated that value of assets trans- 
ferred to All Continent by Fox at 
one time totaled some $7,000,000. 
The Circuit Court, however, re- 
versed the bankruptcy court and va- 
cated restraining order and Steel- 
man yesterday was granted his peti- 
tion for a temporary restraining or- 
der and injunction. 

27 Day and Date Showings 
Set for "Black Legion" 

(Continued from Page 1) 

are: Branford, Newark; Stanley, 
Jersey City; Fabian, Paterson; 
Montauk, Passaic; St. James, As- 
bury Park; Colonial, Allentowi. : 
Embassy, Easton; Lyric, Indiana- 
polis; Chief, Colorado Springs; 
Chief, Greeley; Roger Sherman, 
New Haven; Strand, Hartford; 
Vitaphone, Wenatchee; Broadway, 
Norwich; Opera House, New Bruns- 
wick; Odeon, Savannah; Empire, San 
Antonio; Strand, Parkersburg; Vir- 
ginian, Charleston; Victory, Dayton; 
Rio, Albuquerque; Liberty, Cumber- 
land; Garde, New London; Hippo- 
drome, Cleveland; Hollywood, Potts- 
ville; Spencer, Rock Island, and the 
Garden, Davenport. 

United Artists Launching 

George Schaefer Drive 

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Jack Schlaifer in the West and Has- 
kell Masters in Canada. 

Pictures to be released during 
that period are: Jan. 22, "Men are 
Not Gods"; Jan. 29, "We Only Live 
Once"; Feb. 19, "Fire Over Eng- 
land"; Feb. 26, "Man Who Could 
Work Miracles"; Mar. 5, "History 
is Made at Night" and April 3, 
"A Star is Born". 

It's Colonel Thornton Now 

Providence — James C. Thornton, 
Pawtuxet Valley theater operator and 
at one time chief of the State Divi- 
sion of Horse Racing in Rhode Island, 
now rates the title of "Colonel." He 
is one of three civilian aides appointed 
last week by Governor Robert E. Quinn 
to serve on his staff. 



Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1937 

T T T 

• • • MR. VAN PRAAG, who recently divorced himself 
from an exec spot at National Screen Service, is going to 
formally announce his new plans in a few days ... • "Just 
relaxing" is the way that Archie Mayo, one of the better mega- 
phoners, describes his purposes in trekking eastward from the 

Gold Coast Archie has unloaded those extra pounds 

and looks fine Now he's bound for Florida, where film men 

do their best relaxing ... • Nathaniel Shilkret, head man 
at RKO Radio as far as matters musical go, has John Han- 
cocked a contract to do radio concerts for the Firestone Tire 

program Setup is to feature Shilkret and his band with 

Richard Crooks, Met opera luminary, while the latter is in Los 
Angeles Feb. 1 to 8 

T T T 

• • • EDUARDO CIANNELLI, who plays a sinister role, 

such as in "Winterset" sinister and how .... is working on 

the preliminary drafts of two plays He authored such 

hits as "Puppets and Passions" and "Foolscap" ... • George 
Schaefer, Andy Smith, et al., are not reticent over the fact that 
"Garden of Allah" smashed every existing Argentine b. o. 

record at the Opera House in Buenos Aires heat wave or 

no heat wave The turnstiles clicked off 8,795 paid admis- 
sions on the inaugural day, they chorus gleefully ... • Re- 
member that old-time vaude skit "Change Your Act or Back to 

the Woods" Well, anyhooo, Victor Moore, who played it 

for years with his wife, the late Emma Littlefield, has an idea 
to preserve it in celluloid 

T ▼ T 

• • • TED BUTCHER yesterday officially tied up with 

Selznick International Pictures as production manager 

Henry Ginsberg, general manager, authors that statement for 
public consumption ... • A concert manager, who oughta 
know, tells that Nelson Eddy and Lily Pons are today the lead- 
ing draws of the concert stage and that their appear- 
ance in any town throughout this movie-minded land of ours 

is a guarantee of sell-out biz All of which sort of indicates 

that screen appearances mean something by way of publicity 

Loew's is understood to have been seeking to persuade 

Eddy to quit this activity and has offered the Judson Artists 
Bureau $200,000 for its contract with the star 

T ▼ T 

• • • EXHIBS TOTALLING 405 will receive copies of 
the special silver medallion devised in honor of Adolph Zukor's 
Silver Jubilee in the film biz Award is being given to show- 
men who played "Queen Elizabeth," Zukor's pioneer effort in 

production, in 1912 In addition to the names of 398 the- 

atermen already announced, seven more names added to the 
list are: Michael Stiefel, Philadelphia; John Kamuda, Indian 
Orchard, Mass.; J. H. Griffin, Miami, Okla.; Stanley Sumner, 
Cambridge, Mass.; Victor Moore, Boston; Harry Koplar, St. 

Louis and Oscar Granat, Mexico City It took plenty of 

research work to locate these old-timers who are entitled to 
receive the medallion 

• • • "FAME," THE new Quigley publication, is a smart, 
and up-to-the-minute addition to the trade paper field In- 
formative and interesting from every film man's viewpoint 

Terry Ramsay e, is ye editor ... • Fillum execs in quite 

some numbers are migrating to Washington to attend the in- 
augural tomorrow Contingent from Cinemaland includes 

Charlie Pettijohn, Frank Walker, Colvin Brown and Ed Kuy- 
kendall ... • Monroe Greenthal, the old pepper-up